You don’t have to live in the bush to be threatened by bushfires. Burning material, embers and smoke can carry danger to you. Everyone has a part to play in bushfire prevention and it is important to be aware of what each fire danger rating means and what you should do.
The Fire Danger Rating predicts how a fire would behave if one started, including how difficult it would be to put out. The higher the rating, the more dangerous the conditions.
The rating is your guide on how to act, so to stay safe you need to stay aware of the Fire Danger Rating in your district. You can check your region’s Fire Danger Rating here.
If a fire starts, it can most likely be controlled in these conditions and homes can provide safety. You should be aware of how fires can start and minimise the risk. Controlled burning off may occur in these conditions if it is safe.
Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety in areas with a severe fire danger rating.
If you are not prepared, leaving bushfire prone areas early in the day is your safest option.
Consider staying with your property only if you are prepared to the highest level. This means your home needs to be situated and constructed or modified to withstand a bushfire, you are well prepared and you can actively defend your home if a fire starts.
If you aren’t prepared to the highest level, leaving high-risk bushfire areas early in the day is your safest option.
In these conditions, loss of life is expected if people are in the area. Leaving high-risk bushfire areas the night before or early in the day is your safest option – do not wait and see.
Be aware of local conditions and seek information by listening to your emergency broadcasters, go to cfa.vic.gov.au or call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.
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