PREPARE YOUR PROPERTY NOW!
Click to accesses the following RFS
Bush Fire Safety Checklists that
relate to bush fire preparedness.
IS YOUR PROPERTY PREPARED AGAINST BUSHFIRES AND GRASS FIRES?
WATER SUPPLIES AND FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT
PERSONAL SAFETY AND SURVIVAL – STAY OR GO
EVACUATION - PLANNING PERSONAL PROTECTION
WHAT TO DO WHEN FIRE APPROACHES
property prepared against bush fires and grass fires?
ground fuels around the house (long, dry grass, dead leaves and branches,
Fire Fuels - Take a trip to the tip
a combination of fire resistant plants on your property
house and sheds
roofing is firmly fixed
firebreaks (a well watered lawn can act as a firebreak). Keep pasture
screens or shutters and enclose underfloor areas if possible
vents into the roof space with fine wire mesh
flammable items from around the house (eg. door mats, woodpile, and
obvious flammable materials such as paper, boxes, crates, hanging baskets,
wooden garden furniture etc)
LPG gas tanks away from the house
emergency phone list and leave near phone
your house for a bush fire by organising sufficient Water Supplies and Fire
water, taps and hoses. Ensure that hoses with metal fittings are long
enough to reach all sides of house when attached to taps.
duty hoses with wide-spray nozzles, if possible.
water supplies from tank, dam, or swimming pool, if possible, since mains
water will be in high demand. Try to store water during winter months.
valve fitted to water tank (a 38mm Storz coupling will assist the Rural
gate valve to fit portable pump as well.
check petrol or diesel portable pump, if you have one, to ensure it starts
a sprinkler system in your garden and on roofing, if affordable.
buckets (preferably metal), mops, spray backpack units, ladders, rakes and
shovels in one place for ready access during a fire.
operated radio and torches in case of electricity failure.
for your personal protection before a fire. Decide who's the boss and who
goes, who stays.
for the safety of all family members: special plans should be made for young
children, elderly persons, disabled persons and those unable to handle the
trauma of bush fire.
If you plan
to evacuate (re-locate)
you intend to evacuate (re-locate) any members of the family, plan well ahead
of time where to stay, how to make the decision to leave, and how to travel
(remember, leave well before the fire front arrives).
If you intend
those who remain, ensure each person has suitable clothing, including sturdy
leather footwear, long pants and a long sleeved shirt or jumper (pure wool or
cotton offers the best protection from sparks and embers), a broad brimmed
hat, goggles for eye protection, handkerchiefs to tie over nose and mouth, wet
towels to drape over neck, and bottles for drinking water.
WHAT TO DO
WHEN FIRE APPROACHES
to the radio for news of the fire's progress, rather than calling
emergency services for information.
in protective clothing, drink water frequently.
down roof, house and garden, especially on the side of the approaching
fire. Turn on sprinkler system, if you have one.
downpipes and fill gutters with water.
baths, sinks and buckets with water for extinguishing small fires and for
in hoses so they don't get burnt
fire approaches, go inside and remain inside until the fire has passed.
wet towels and blankets against gaps under doors and windows.
heavy curtains, and shutters, if you have them.
the fire has passed and for several hours after the fire front has passed,
patrol your property and put out spot fires started by flying embers.
roof cavity frequently for spot fires.
more information contact your local RFS District Office, your local Fire
Brigade, or phone the RFS Information Hotline (1 800 654 443).