Preparing for bushfires in Australia
Every bushfire season, Australia experiences devastating fires that scar the landscape and leave a lasting impact on many lives. While education programs that focus on prevention and what to do during a bushfire are promoted every summer, the incidence of bushfires continues to rise. The increase can be linked to rising temperatures and changing climate conditions.
Bushfires have devastating and long lasting effects on communities. The monetary cost alone of bushfires in NSW is expected to reach 100 million dollars in the next 50 years according to the Climate Council.
Precautions can be taken to reduce the risk of bushfire threat. Here’s a list of things to do to help you prepare for bushfire season.
Insure your home and belongings
Sometimes there is nothing you can do to prevent the spread of fire. However, you can make sure that you have sufficient insurance cover in case a fire damages part or all of your home.
Many people are underinsured or do not have their homes and contents insured at all, which can leave them out-of-pocket. Check that your home and contents is up to date and the cover is adequate in the event of a fire.
Check if your property is in a bushfire prone area
Many councils have maps available on their website that identify high risk bushfire areas. If your property falls into one of these areas, you may need to take additional precautions. You can also make sure you are on any available alert lists authorities use during emergencies.
Download the Fire and Rescue bush fire survival plan relevant to your State
Free Bush Fire Survival Plans will help you and your family how to prepare, act and survive in the event of a fire. It includes life saving tips, including how and when to make the decision to vacate your property if there are any signs of fire, or when the fire danger rating is extreme or catastrophic and your home is not built to withstand a fire.
Monitor each state’s fire alert maps for the latest updates here: