You need to take steps to prepare yourself, your family and your home. This means being prepared well before you can be affected by a fire.
Your Bush Fire Survival Plan is one of the best ways to help improve the safety of you and your family before the impact of, or during a bush fire.
Your plan can help stop you from making rushed and dangerous decisions at the last moment.
The NSW Rural Fire Services encourages you to complete your plan with your family, so everyone knows what they will do if a fire starts.
Keep your Bush Fire Survival Plan in a safe place where everyone can see it. Sometimes, no matter how well prepared you are, things don’t go to plan. That’s why, whether you plan to Leave Early or Stay and Defend, you need a back-up plan. Your Plan will help you with this.
If you would prefer a hard copy edition, contact your local Fire Control Centre or call 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737).
A bush fire can be a terrifying situation. Strong gusty winds, intense heat and flames will make you tired quickly. Thick, heavy smoke will sting your eyes and choke your lungs. It will be difficult to see and breathe. The roaring sound of the fire approaching will deafen you. Embers will rain down, causing spot fires all around you. Power and water may be cut off. You may be isolated. It will be dark, noisy and extremely physically and mentally demanding.
If you have any doubts about your ability to cope, you should plan to Leave Early.
Part of preparing yourself is having an Emergency Survival Kit. This includes items which can help you survive a bush fire.
You should also know what to wear during a bush fire. Personal protective clothing will help protect you from smoke, embers and extreme heat.
Regardless of your decision to Leave Early or Stay and Defend, you still need to prepare your property against the threat of a bush fire.
It’s a fact that a well prepared home is more likely to survive a bush fire. Even if your plan is to Leave Early, the more you prepare your home, the more likely it will be to survive a bush fire or ember attack.