What to do in Case of a Fire?

During a bushfire the safest place to be is away from the fire. Being involved in a fire may be one of the most traumatic experiences of your life. You and your family’s survival and safety will depend on the decisions you make now and acting on these decisions. Do not wait and see.

Put your safety first

Any decision you make should be based on your survival, homes can be rebuilt. Leaving early if a fire starts, hours before a fire reaches you, will always be the safest option for you and your family or household.

Only stay and defend your home if it is well prepared and constructed, and you are capable of actively defending it. Prepare for the emotional, mental and physical impact of defending your home. If you have any doubts about defending your home, you should leave.

If you do need to use your home for shelter, stay in the house when the fire front is passing. This usually takes five to 15 minutes. Keep checking for spot fires around and inside your home, especially in the roof space. Spot fires can still occur several hours after the main fire.

Remember to cover up as much skin as you can, but do not overload yourself with tight fitting or heavy clothing, as the heat will be intense. Two layers of loose fitting, natural fibre clothes work well. You should protect yourself from radiant heat with long sleeves, long trousers and strong leather boots.

Whether you choose to leave for a safer place or to shelter in a well prepared and defendable home, preparation is the key for survival.

Animal Welfare

It is Your responsibility to prepare for the safety and welfare of your pets or other farm animals in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.

If you plan ahead and are prepared your animals will stay safe and out of danger.

Check with the Shire about the possibility of natural hazards in your area and if there are animal welfare arrangements in place during an emergency.

It is a good idea to have a pet emergency kit and a plan for domestic pets to help guide you in the lead up to and during emergency situations.

Additional information

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