The Department of Fire & Emergency Services have an easy to remember three step process we can all use;
- Prepare – a plan and prepare your home/property, ask yourself what will you do with your pets/livestock or will your home provide shelter if you have to or decide to stay? Check and make sure you have removed/reduced fuel around your home, water supply and pumps are sufficient if you plan to stay and defend. If you do choose to actively defend your property take into consideration the physical, mental and emotional experiences you may have and the effects will impact your family.
- Act – know your trigger and look for the warning signs placing your preparations into place the night before a bad fire weather forecast. Understanding fire danger ratings and total fire ban restrictions will assist you to ‘Act’ in the best way to protect your family, home and/or property.
- Survive – If you choose to stay with your home/property think about which room you will shelter in and where your closest exit is should the fire conditions become unbearable. If you plan to leave make sure you give yourself plenty of time as fire conditions can change quickly and at times with little to no warning.