With the weather heating up, the RFS is suggesting we all get ‘Bush Fire Ready’.
The RFS say that having a Bush Fire Survival Plan helps you make important decisions about what to do during a fire – like when to leave, what to take and what to do with animals.
Do you need a bush fire plan?
The RFS suggest that you ask yourself these questions to find out:
1. Do you live within a few streets of the bush?
You don’t need to live right on the bush to be at risk from bush fires. Burning embers can travel some distance, setting to fire to homes that are well away from the bush. In fact, the majority of homes destroyed in bush fires are because of what’s called “ember attack”.
2. Does your area have a history of bush fires?
Think about the area you live in. If fires have happened there before, they will almost certainly happen again. Know the fire risk in your area and prepare for it.
3. Do you have many trees or shrubs around your home?
It’s a fact that a well prepared property is more likely to survive a bush fire. A well prepared property includes trees and shrubs that have been trimmed, and a cleared area where you and firefighters can protect your home if needed.
4. If you need to leave your home, would you need to travel through bushland?
If you need to travel through bushland areas to leave your home, you’re at risk of being caught in a fire. Being caught in the open or in a car are among the most dangerous places during a bush fire.
5. Is your Bush Fire Survival Plan more than one year old?
Even if you’ve made a Plan before, check it and update it if needed.
And what ever you do, don’t leave it until the last minute to make these decisions. By having a plan, everyone in your family knows what to do if you should ever be faced with a bush fire.
Watch their video on why you should have a plan:
Here’s to the RFS and the amazing job they do keeping us all safe.