What you should do in the event of a bush fire
Bush fires may be catastrophic to your land and house, animals and your life.
It is not something to be taken lightly, being informed is essential and your life may depend on it.
Having a plan and alerting others in a orderly manner is a key element in ensuring your life is protected in the event of a Bush fire.
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What to do when there are no bush fires, prepare for the season is easier while you have time
An unprepared property is not only at risk itself, but may also present an increased danger for neighbours. Here are some things you can do:
Clear leaves, twigs, bark and other debris from the roof and gutters.
Purchase and test the effectiveness of gutter plugs.
Enclose open areas under decks and floors.
Install fine steel wire mesh screens on all windows, doors, vents and weep holes.
Point LPG cylinder relief valves away from the house.
Conduct maintenance checks on pumps, generators and water systems.
Seal all gaps in external roof and wall cladding.
Display a prominent house or lot number, in case it is required in an emergency.
Ensure there is adequate access to your property for fire trucks - 4 metres wide by 4 metres high, with a turn-around area.
Reduce vegetation loads along the access path.
Mow your grass regularly.
Remove excess ground fuels and combustible material (long dry grass, dead leaves and branches).
Trim low-lying branches two metres from the ground surrounding your home.
Check that you have sufficient personal protective clothing and equipment.
Relocate flammable items away from your home, including woodpiles, paper, boxes, crates, hanging baskets and garden furniture.
Check the first aid kit is fully stocked.
Make sure you have appropriate insurance for your home and vehicles.
Find out if there is a nearby Neighbourhood Safer Place.
Review and update your household Bushfire Survival Plan.
During a Bush Fire threat
Listen to your Radio in the Moreton Bay Region 101.5 Mhz on the FM Band or via the website http://1015fm.com.au and click up the top left side of the website the LISTEN LIVE button, or ABC-Brisbane on 612 Khz on the AM Band or online at https://radio.abc.net.au/help/offline. Both of these stations are the official emergency broadcasters. On Radio there will be frequent announcements to advise you where the fire is and where it will impact or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for regular updates.
On social media:
QFES Twitter - https://twitter.com/QldFES
QFES website - https://www.qfes.qld.gov.au/
If you have a bushfire survival plan, finalise it now so you are ready to follow it.
If you do not have a bushfire survival plan, or if your plan is to leave, identify where you will go if you leave the area.
Advise family and friends of your plan.
Close windows and doors to minimise smoke exposure.
If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.
Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.
Contact your neighbours particularly the elderly, the sick and loners, to see if they need help preparing for the bushfire.
Pack important documents and essential items (e.g., passports, birth certificates, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) in case you need to leave the area.
Put on protective clothing (e.g., a long-sleeved cotton shirt, boots with thick soles).
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Bring pets inside; restrain them with a leash, a cage, or inside a secure room; and provide them with plenty of water.
Take action to protect your livestock.
Move flammable materials such as doormats, wheelie bins, and outdoor furniture away from your house.
Fill containers such as your bath, sinks, and buckets with water so you have access to drinking water and firefighting water.
Close windows and doors, sealing the gaps under doors and screens with wet towels to keep smoke out of the house.