Delroy Fire Station captain Aaron Ferguson has warned Dubbo residents are still vulnerable to the impacts of bushfires even though we live in an urban area.
Station captain Ferguson says firefighters from across Dubbo will be deployed to visit households this summer to make sure residents have a bushfire plan and are keeping their homes as fire-safe as possible.
"It is a myth that just because you live in an urban area you are immune from bushfires," he said.
"A bushfire when it has a fair wind behind it can throw embers for more than five and up to ten kilometres ahead of itself, and these embers can lodge in your roof gutters and tiles and catch any material there alight and subsequently burn down your house.
"We recommend people keep an eye on the fire danger rating, the higher it is, the quicker a fire can spread and the harder it will be for us to control, also check if there are any total fire bans in effect.
"Keep your yard tidy don't let lawn clippings and leaf litter pile up, move any firewood you have away from the house, any plastic furniture or anything flammable should be kept away from your house."
Mr Ferguson said residents should also follow some basic tips to be fire safe in their homes.
"The biggest one is to make sure your smoke alarm works," he said.
"We have a program where you can call your local fire station and make an appointment, and we will come out to your home and check your smoke alarm and give you some fire safety advice.
"We are getting out into the community and pass on tips on barbeque safety, cooking safety all these things people take for granted.
"Some people forget to make sure their barbeque is in a safe, clear area with no other flammable material around. They forget to check if it's in good working order and that the gas fittings are all working correctly.
"They forget simple things like keep looking while cooking. You must keep an eye on what's cooking, don't leave it and go and watch television, so many fires have started that way.
"We strongly advise householders to have a fire extinguisher and a fire blanket in the house, every fire starts small and gets bigger so if you can catch it in the small stages you will have a better chance of saving your home."
Dubbo residents should look for a letterbox drop a few days before firefighters are in their area.
"That way people know to expect a visit this summer from a friendly firey," Mr Ferguson said. "Dubbo is a big place, so it will take us a while to get to everyone, but we will do it."