Do you have a bushfire plan for the 2016 fire season?
Be as ready as you can. Read the below fire safety tips to get prepared for the fire season.
Every organisation or community group who operate out of premises that are near dense forest, bush, grass land or the coast need to prepare for the threat of fire and bushfires, and decide on fire plans now.
Serious bushfires can occur in rural and suburban communities and it is your responsibility to prepare your property and keep your community group and organisation safe.
Be prepared to take action and practise your bushfire plan. The more you prepare your property the better the chance of surviving a bushfire, even if you are not there.
Write down your bushfire plan, communicate that plan and know if you have the clothing, equipment or resources to enact your fire plan to leave early or stay and defend.
A prepared and practised bushfire survival plan will help your community group and organisation know where others are and what they’ll be doing should an emergency occur.
Be prepared, confident and more in control so you can cope should a disaster strike.
Fire Preparedness is a shared responsibility
The responsibility for surviving the fire season is shared between emergency services and the community. We all – including you and your community group – share responsibility for our community’s safety.
Tips to get you started on your bushfire plan
Download a PDF version of the fact sheet
A well prepared building is more likely to survive a bushfire, a few simple things to do are:
- Create at least a 20 metre circle of safety around your buildings by clearing rubbish, long grass and other materials that may catch fire.
- Keep gutters clean and install metal gutter guards.
- Store flammable fuels and chemicals away from the building and store in an enclosed shed away from the building.
- Install sarking behind weatherboards and beneath existing roofing.
- Replace glass over time with toughened or laminated safety glass.
- Install shutters or metal flyscreens to doors and windows.
In considering how you will respond if a fire event occurs whilst people are at your premises, consider some of the questions below:
- Which Fire Danger Rating is your trigger to close your facility or cancel an event?
- What will you do if there is a fire in the area and people at your premises cannot leave?
- Have you communicated your bushfire plan to your stakeholders?
- Have you practised your bushfire plan?
Please find a list of resources to below to help you prepare and plan for the fire season.
ACT Fire Preparedness Resources
ACT Government, ACT Emergency Services Agency – Bushfires
NSW Fire Preparedness Resources
NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) – Plan and Prepare
RFS Major fires update page
Fire & Rescue NSW
NT Fire Preparedness Resources
Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service - Bushfire Safety Management
North Australian Fire Information (NAFI)
Queensland Fire Preparedness Resources
Queensland Government Bushfire survival plan - Prepare, Act, Survive
QFES - Community Safety
QFES - Emergency Planning
South Australia Fire Preparedness Resources
South Australian Country Fire Services (CFS) – Bushfire Survival Plan
Tasmania Fire Preparedness Resources
Tasmania Fire Service – Bushfire Survival Plan
Tasmanian Fire Service - YouTube “Prepare to Survive”
Victoria Fire Preparedness Resources
Victoria State Government - Bushfire Preparedness
Emergency preparedness in residential aged care - bushfires
Country Fire Authority (CFA) – Plan & Prepare
Western Australia Fire Preparedness Resources
Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES) - Bushfire
Business and Industry Fire
This material is for information purposes only. It is not intended to give specific legal or risk management advice nor are any suggestions, checklists or action plans intended to include or address all possible risk management exposures or solutions.