5 Tips For Staying Safe in Bushfire Season


5 Tips For Staying Safe in Bushfire Season

Australia is no stranger to bushfires, and with a hot, dry summer predicted this year, it’s crucial that Australians are well-prepared ahead of bushfire season. Not only does that mean safeguarding your home and belongings, but also taking the necessary steps to protect you and your family and get prepared. In this guide, you’ll find all you need to know to ensure you’re ready for the challenges that bushfire season could bring.




  1. Know the signs

Understanding the early warning signs of a potential bushfire. The following signs could indicate a higher risk of bushfires:


  • Rising temperatures and dry conditions.
  • Increased Fire Danger Ratings.
  • Smoke and haze in the air can be early signs of a nearby fire.
  • Strong, shifting winds can carry embers and flames quickly, making fires spread rapidly.


  1. Get prepared

Having an emergency or evacuation kit prepared well in advance is essential. Here are some ideas on what to include:


  • Essential documents: Passports, driver’s licenses, insurance policies, and important legal documents should be kept in a waterproof container.
  • Basic first aid supplies: Include bandages, antiseptics, pain relievers, and any necessary prescription medications.
  • Non-perishable food and water.
  • Clothing and personal items.
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio or charged battery pack for your phone.


  1. Reduce Your Risk

Taking these proactive measures to protect your home is crucial in bushfire-prone areas:


  • Trim back any overhanging branches and remove dead vegetation around your property to help reduce the likelihood of fires spreading.
  • Clean out gutters and clear your roof of any leaves, twigs, bark and other debris.
  • Mow your lawn regularly and keep your garden clear of flammable material such as long grass, dead leaves and branches.
  • Remove any flammable items, such as woodpiles, mulch, hanging baskets and outdoor furniture, away from your home.


  1. Stay safe

Ensuring the safety of you and your family during a bushfire is of utmost importance. Here’s what you can do to help stay safe:


  • Have a clear evacuation plan.
  • Tune into official warnings and updates from local authorities on your local radio or TV station, social media groups, and local authority websites.
  • Pack the essentials.
  • Decide on a communication plan with family members in case you get separated during an evacuation.
  • Stay calm and follow the directions of emergency services.


  1. It’s more than just fire…

Forecasts of above-average temperatures, decreased rainfall, high fuel loads and changing weather patterns, according to the Australasian Fire Authorities Council, mean all Australians need to be on high alert for bushfires.

Remember, your safety and the safety of your loved ones should always be your top priority. Stay informed, stay vigilant, and stay safe.