Preparing for a bushfire may save your life.
The first step of bushfire readiness is to create a strong plan with your family. Discuss what to do in every situation. This will ensure that your family and property have the highest chance of surviving a bushfire.
Protect Your Home
Prepare your home to be bushfire ready in advance. It’s important not to leave it to the last minute – it could be too late.
Keep on top of the following things during the bushfire season:
- Trim any overhanging trees on your property. This will stop a fire from spreading.
- Remove any grass cuttings, leaving a cleared area.
- Move any items away which can quickly catch fire, such as wood piles, paint, leaves, doormats, and outdoor furniture.
- Clear out the gutters and remove any leaves and debris. Your home can easily catch fire from burning embers.
- Have a robust hose/hoses ready which can reach all around your house and a reliable water source.
Create An Emergency Survival Kit
Before the bushfire season begins, you should prepare an emergency survival kit. Keep it in a waterproof storage container in a location which is easy to find in a hurry. Make sure your whole family knows where it is.
What to include:
- Battery-operated radio
- Spare batteries
- First aid kit (with a manual)
- Woollen blankets
- Waterproof torch
- Bottled drinking water
- Emergency contact numbers
- Cash, Credit Cards, Debit Cards (Before you leave)
- Medications, sanitary supplies, and toiletries.
- Mobile phone and charger
- Important documents (birth certificate, passport, marriage certificate etc.)
- Valuables and sentimental items
- Change of clothes for each family member
Prepare For Your Pets
Don’t forget to prepare an emergency kit for your pets also. Make sure your pet is wearing their ID tag, and pack a leash, food, medication, basket and a favourite toy.
Keep your pets with you at all times, and on a leash so they can’t run away if they get frightened. Be sure they also have plenty of water.
Create An Evacuation Plan
Prepare for a scenario where you have to leave your family home.
The earlier you leave, the safer it is. If you stay too long, you may no longer have the option to evacuate safely.
- Make sure all family members are accounted for
- Monitor the situation closely on local radio
- Turn off the gas mains/bottles
- Move any flammable items out of reach from the house
- Fill gutters with water
- Use socks full of sand to block any drainpipes
- Close all windows, doors and vents
- Fill any sinks, baths, bins, and buckets with water
- Soak any towels or rugs with water and spread them across all external doorways
- Don’t forget your emergency survival kit
Download our preparation plan
For emergencies contact 000 immediately
Bush Fires Information Line: 1800 679 737 (NSW RFS)
Track Fires Near You: RFS Website
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