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What can I do?

You should be constantly aware of your surroundings. Remember fire behavior can be very erratic, so think ahead, be observant and keep your property tidy and clean from unnecessary litter.

Emergency Plan

Decide what you will do: Leave before the fire arrives? Or stay and attempt to fight the fire?
The choice is entirely your own, and ought to be based on an objective assessment of your capabilities.

Fighting the fire is physically and mentally demanding
It will require from each person involved a positive commitment to a long, arduous and possibly dangerous job. It will involve protecting the home from ember attach - the "blizzard of fire" - using equipment readily to hand: garden hoses, buckets of water, wet mops, garden tools and ladder (for roof access).

Fighting the fire requires adequate personal protection
Long trousers, shirt buttoned at the neck and wrists, a hat, gardening-type gloves and sound boots or shoes are the absolute minimum (such outfits, though unfashionable, are preferable to painful, scarring burns. If incapacitated by injury, the firefighter becomes a liability). Avoid dehydration by regular intake of fluids. Plain drinking water is most effective.

Prepare the house:
Plug downpipes and fill spoutings with water, create emergency supplies by filling the bathtub and kitchen utencils with water, close the windows, shut down air-conditioning systems likely to admit smoke and burning matter, have woollen blankets and wet towels ready for personal protection.

These measures will help secure the house, and make it ready for use as a safe refuge during fire-fighting operation.




In case of Emergency:
Phone 000


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