The first day of September is the official start of the bushfire danger period within the Shoalhaven Local Government Area.
NSW Rural Fire Service Superintendent Mark Williams urged residents to complete a bushfire survival plan and ensure all members of the household know what to do on days of increased fire danger if their home is threatened by fire.
Residents are asked to prepare by removing flammable materials from around their property, keeping lawns mown, clearing gutters of leaves and checking hoses and pumps are operable.
"The Shoalhaven has experienced a warmer and drier than average winter period. With no significant rainfall on the horizon, combined with the inevitable warmer conditions, it means that fires are likely to be more intense and spread more quickly," Superintendent Williams said.
"People need to be extremely careful if they intend to use fire.
During the Bushfire danger period, fire permits are required.
You can also contact the Fire Control Centre for more advice on fire preparation and prevention, assistance in carrying out hazard reduction burning or whether they need a bushfire hazard reduction certificate.
Never leave a fire unattended and if a fire does escape, it is essential to call Triple Zero immediately so that emergency services can respond effectively to minimise any possible damage.
On days where the fire danger rating is very high or above, fire permits will be suspended for 24 hours and permit holders will be advised accordingly. On days of total fire ban, no fires are to be lit in the open.
To check the Fire Danger Ratings for your area or for any other information visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au