The recent rain experienced across many parts of New South Wales has been welcome – but it’s also brought an unwelcome threat for many people.
The rain has lead to increased grass growth across many areas and as this grass begins to dry out, there’s an increased risk of grass fires.
Grass fires can be especially dangerous because they can start quickly and spread rapidly, catching people off-guard. They can be very hot and produce large amounts of heat which can kill anyone caught out in the open.
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There are things you can do now to protect yourself from grass fires.
The first step is having a Bush Fire Survival Plan. This will help you not only understand the level of risk in your area but also help you and your family prepare for it. Everyone’s Bush Fire Survival Plan will be different, so it’s important to talk about it with your family and ensure everyone in your house knows what your plan is and where you might go during a fire.
You should also prepare yourself by ensuring you have an Emergency Survival Kit, which you can use or take with you if a fire starts. Things you might want to include are a battery powered radio, a torch, spare batteries, first aid kit, candles, woollen blankets, emergency contact numbers and a bag for valuables. You can then add items like clothing, money, ATM cards and medicines if you need to leave before or during a fire.
Once you’ve prepared yourself, you should prepare your property. Things to consider include:
Machinery such as tractors, slashers, harvesters, welders, chainsaws and grinders can start grass fires. To help reduce the risk of fires starting or spreading:
These are just some of the things you can do to reduce the risk to your property. Your Bush Fire Survival Plan will give you more suggestions on how to reduce the risk.
If you see a fire, report it immediately to Triple Zero (000). This means we can get the right resources like firefighters and trucks there as quickly as possible. The earlier you report the fire, the earlier we can get to it and start protect you and your community.
The safest place to be during any fire is well away from it but because grass fires can start and spread so quickly, it’s important you know what to do if a fire starts.
Grass fires can generate large amounts of heat, so make sure you protect yourself by covering up all exposed skin with protective clothing like:
Make sure you drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and be aware of your level of physical fitness, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and sunburn.
If a fire starts, follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. Monitor your local radio station for updates and check this website for advice and information.
We want your help to educate people across NSW about the increased grass growth. If you have a photo of grass growth in your area, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll include the best ones on this map. Be sure to tell us where the photo was taken.