Know your bushfire risk, make a plan.
You can help reduce the effects of bushfires by knowing what to do.
There are a number of things you can do before, during and after a bushfire to protect yourself.
• Prepare a Bushfire Survival Plan – be bushfire ready.
• Prepare your home – create a defendable space.
• Provide access for firefighters.
• Provide water for firefighting.
Before bushfire season, learn about your bushfire risk and prepare accordingly.
• Invite the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) to present bushfire awareness and education sessions.
• Organise a community resilience workshop.
• Prepare a personal bushfire survival plan.
• Learn from past bushfire experiences.
• Put together an Emergency Kit which includes:
...o A battery-operated or wind-up radio;
...o A battery-operated or wind-up torch;
...o Spare batteries;
...o A first aid kit;
...o Rubber gloves and strong leather or garden gloves;
...o Mobile phone and charger;
...o A waterproof bag or container;
...o A good supply of medicines and prescriptions;
...o Strong shoes or boots;
...o A copy of your Emergency Plan;
...o Special items for any vulnerable people, such as babies or the disabled; and
...o Enough non-perishable food and water for every person (and pets).
Stay or go?
When a bushfire is in your area, the most important decision you have to make it to decide whether to leave, or to stay and defend your property.
• If you decide to leave, leave early. Most people who die in bushfires are caught in the open, either in their car or on foot, because they leave their property too late when the fire is approaching.
...o When to go;
...o Where to go and how to get there;
...o Who to tell; and
...o What to take.
• If you decide to stay and defend your property, make sure:
...o Your home is well prepared;
...o You are physically fit and emotionally prepared; and
...o Fire conditions are less than ‘extreme’.
Staying to defend a well-prepared property during a bushfire always carries the risk of injury or death.