Bush Fire Survival Plan
Bush Fire Survival Plan
A Bush Fire Survival Plan can help you make important decisions about what to do during a fire – like when to leave, what to take and what to do with animals. Fact is many people have died during bush fires because they’ve left their decisions to the last moment.
Last bush fire season taught us some terrifying lessons about the importance of being prepared and having a plan.
You can make your plan online in as little as five minutes at www.myfireplan.com.au.
Of you can sit down with your family and discuss what you will do using our guide to making a bush fire survival plan.
FOUR SIMPLE STEPS
There are four simple steps to get ready for a bush fire:
STEP 1 – DISCUSS WHAT TO DO IF A BUSH FIRE THREATENS YOUR HOME
Many households find that having a discussion over dinner works best as everybody is together and focussed.
Download the Step 1 discussion guide (985.3 KB)
STEP 2 – PREPARE YOUR HOME AND GET IT READY FOR BUSH FIRE SEASON
There are simple things you can do around your home to prepare it for a bush fire, like keeping the grass low and having a cleared area around your home.
Download the Step 2 checklist (595.5 KB)
STEP 3 – KNOW THE BUSH FIRE ALERT LEVELS
If there is a fire in your area you will find its alert level on the NSW RFS website and in the ‘Fires Near Me’ app. You need to keep track of the alert level so you know what you should do.
Download Step 3 (166.1 KB)
STEP 4 – KEEP ALL THE BUSH FIRE INFORMATION NUMBERS, WEBSITES AND THE SMARTPHONE APP
In a bush fire, it’s important that you stay up to date on conditions in your area.
Download Step 4 (219.1 KBB)
It’s a fact. If you and your home are well prepared, you stand a better chance of surviving a bush fire. Download the four simple steps today.
Make your Bush Fire Survival Plan now
You must make important decisions BEFORE the fire season starts.
The higher the Fire Danger Rating, the more dangerous the conditions.
Fires may threaten without warning, so you need to know what you will do to survive.
Planning to make a plan is not a plan.
If you live offshore on bush fire prone land, you need a Bush Fire Survival Plan. Making your Bush Fire Survival Plan is probably easier than you think. Sit down and talk about it with your family so everyone knows what to do if a fire happens.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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. Sit down and talk about your plan with your family. That way, everyone will know what to do if a fire starts.