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Anonymous asked in News & EventsCurrent Events · 1 decade ago

In a bush fire what precautions should be taken to remain safe?

I wanna be extra safe , as I live in australia and we're having bush fire season, give me everything you know, encluding some tips (:


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    Your local fire authority can provide the best advice on what steps to take however it’s important to remember that no matter where you live, preparation needs to start well before a fire. This means clearing any flammable material from around your home, such as wood piles and leaves in your gutters. Identify all water sources around your property and ensure you have equipment to use them, including pumps and hoses.

    Every home should have an Action Plan, so everyone in that home knows exactly what to do in the event of a fire. The question of staying and defending or leaving early is one that needs to be carefully considered and you need to weigh up the physical and mental ability of yourself and those around you to deal with a fire.

    Before the fire approaches, dress in protective clothing such as long sleeve cotton shirts, pants, boots, gloves and a hat. Prepare any livestock or pets.

    As the fire approaches, block gutters and fill them with water and remove flammable items from around your home such as door mats and outdoor furniture. Wet vegetation around your home and patrol your property for spot fires.

    As the fire front arrives, move inside the house to protect yourself from the radiant heat. Be alert for any fires, especially in the roof space. Stay away from windows and importantly, stay calm and do not run blindly from the fire.

    Once the fire front has passed, move outside and patrol the property for any fires you can put out.

  • 1 decade ago

    The only real way to remain safe during a bush fire is Distance. Get as far away from the fire. You can have as many contingency plans to combat the fire but if decide to stay and fight it like many that perished on "Hells Weekend" you place yourself at the mercy of the demon. Ask any fireman in the business, even they would have evacuated on that terrible day. Fires take on a life of their own, unpredicatable and deadly. Why did so many stay and attempt to fight the fires? CFA recommendation? no insurance? Beaten fires before? no one knows but whatever the answers are, they werent worth the lives that were lost

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  • Ben J
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    You have to decide on a fire safe zone around the house i.e. how many feet can the flames jump from the edge of the trees/foliage to your house.

    Clear the area from there to your place. As far as possible have a metal roof.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Clear a safety zone around your home. Clear it of anything that will burn. I life in a forrest and have to do the same in case of wildfire. It is also very important to have a fire resistant roof i.e. metal.

  • Katty
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Get gutter stoppers - these fit at the top of the down pipe so you can fill the gutters with water and stop the sparks from getting under the eaves

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