Last weekend the NSW Rural Fire Service held a virtual "Get Ready Weekend".
Are you now ready for the pending fire season?
Know your risk
Knowing what the risk is to you and your home is the important first step. This year we will face an increased risk of grass fires, which are fast moving.
There are four steps that the NSW Rural Fire Service ask us to consider now:
Discuss what to do if a bush fire threatens
Many households find that having a discussion over dinner works best as everybody is together and focussed. Have a plan for leaving early, and what you are going to do with pets and stock.
Prepare your home and get it ready for bush fire season
There are simple things you can do around your home to prepare it for a bush fire, like keeping the grass low and having a cleared area around your home.
Know the bush fire alerts
If there is a fire in your area, you will find its alert level on the NSW RFS website and in the 'Fires Near Me' app. You need to keep track of the alert level so you know what you should do. Have a secondary alert eg battery powered radio as a back up, considering bush fires can knock out internet and mobile communications.
Keep all the bush fire information numbers, websites and the smartphone apps ready and up to date
Get ready now
It takes five minutes to improve or make a plan that will give your property, your family and yourself the best chance of survival should you be threatened by a bush fire.
Talk about your plans with family, friends and neighbours before an emergency happens and after, letting family know you are safe.