Experience has shown that the greatest risk to life in a bush fire is to those involved in car accidents as a result of poor visibility. Thick smoke and heat exposure while a fire front passes through can turn a moment of panic in to a deadly situation.
It is always safest to leave early and you will need to consider where you will stay for an hour, overnight or for a few days and if it will be safe to travel there.
TASK: Where will we go?
- Identify a place you could stay overnight or for a few days.
- What is the most direct route to the highway or main exit from your town or village?
- Find at least one alternate route – a fire or traffic can block your planned route so always have a backup.
- Locate a local safer place near your home. How far is it and could you walk it? Find a place near you
- Locate a place in your street that could make a good temporary shelter.
Useful websites during a fire:
Look up these websites and save them to your bookmarks or favourites. If you can, get the apps for your phone or tablet too.
Get to know your local Fire History and fire behaviour in your area
The best place to find out about these topics is your local Rural Fire Service brigade. On this website you can find the contact details of every brigade in NSW. When you meet them look for the oldest and grubbiest uniform you can find – you will be sure to get some valuable local knowledge and interesting stories! (And possibly a few bad jokes). Our doors are open.
Check local media and social media for a Get Ready Weekend event near you. A fantastic opportunity for face to face time with your local volunteers.