Living with the bush is part of living in New South Wales – but so is living with the risk of fire. A bush or grass fire can happen at any time of the year but the risk is higher during the warmer months, when bush, grass or scrub is drier.
Be prepared for bush fires by making sure your family has a general understanding about bush fires and bush fire safety so they know what to do in the event of an emergency.
Develop a bush fire survival plan:
- Discuss what to do if a bush fire threatens your home
- Prepare your home and get it ready for bush fire season
- Know the bush fire alert levels
- Keep all the bush fire information numbers / websites handy and download the 'Fire Near Me' smart phone app
Even if your plan is to leave early, the more you prepare your home, the more likely it will survive a bush fire or ember attack. A well prepared home can make it easier for you or firefighters to defend, is less likely to put your neighbours' homes at risk and will also give you more protection if a fire threatens suddenly and you cannot leave.
Keep yourself informed on days of increased fire danger. Pay attention to your local radio and TV stations and monitor NSW RFS website and social media pages on hot, dry, windy days. This will help you plan your day and make sure you avoid areas where there is an increased risk of a bush fire.