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    Bushfire clean-up assistance

    The NSW Government has provided funding to help cover the cost of clean-up for both insured and uninsured properties.

    • If you are insured, please contact your insurer.
    • If you are uninsured, please contact Public Works Advisory on 1800 88 55 39.

    Hazard identification notices

    A hazard identification notice indicates dangers like electrical risks, falling branches or asbestos may have been identified at your property.

    Only return home when you have been given approval. When you do, even if there is no sign, there may still be hazards on your property.

    Please ensure you wear a P2 face mask, which can filter out very fine particles from the air.

    If the Hazard Identification Notice indicates asbestos is suspected on your property, you can get further information from the Public Works Advisory.

    Call the Public Works Advisory on 1800 88 55 39.

    General advice

    • Do not enter your property until you are advised that it is safe to do so by emergency services, utilities companies or local council.
    • Electrical hazards could exist such as live power lines that may be down or active solar panels.
    • Buildings and other structures may be unstable to enter or walk over.
    • Sewerage services may be disrupted causing health risks.
    • Be aware that hot, smouldering coals and other potentially hazardous materials may be hidden under the rubble.
    • Building rubble should not be buried as it may contain hazardous materials.
    • Don't spread ash around your property, particularly if asbestos materials were used in your home or other structures, or CCA-treated timber was burnt.
    • Moisten the ash with water to minimise dust and keep damp but do not use high pressure water sprays.
    • Asbestos dust and fibres have the potential to present a health risk.
    • Asbestos clean-up and removal must be done by a licensed asbestos removalist.
    • Retardant will need to be flushed from roofs and water sources.
    • To prevent any retardant or ash getting into water tanks, residents should disconnect their downpipe/s from water tank/s, so that the first flush (either rain or washing) does not wash anything from the roof into tanks.

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