Thursday, January 16, 2014

Don't wait to be told - prepare now

Your advance bushfire warning is this weather
NOW is the time to out your plan into action:
whether it is to evacuate, defend or simply shelter.
Be prepared as if for catastrophe every hot windy day.
Any bushfire can be catastrophic when you don’t know enough about what to do.

When bushfire-weather is forecast
Take small children, the aged and frail to pre-arranged safe area.
   If you have a country property, go there to make it safe. 
   Cancel unnecessary country trips.
   Move stock into their refuge area- Do not leave this until embers fall.
   Clear under the house of flammables.
   Rake grounds clear of flammables.
   Bring in outdoor furniture, hanging baskets and toys.
  Move plastic pots from flammable walls.
  Clear litter from forks of trees. Strip loose bark.
  Mow any long grass. Bury rakings and grass clippings in mulch heap.
  Check for loose tiles or roofing sheets.
  Prepare covers for windows, evaporative air conditioner and vents.
  Check protective clothing kits.
  Connect nozzle-activated hoses to taps.
  Attach pump to reserve water and test.
  Fill troughs, stirrup pumps, knapsacks, garden sprayers, buckets.
  Put throwing dippers, mops or wet bags in buckets, troughs, the bath, etc.
  Place these around buildings at windows, wall angles, sub-floor, gaps, ceiling space.
  Set ladder, water-filled sprayers, and torch at ceiling space inspection hole.
  Clear the gutters. Block downpipes, fill gutters with water.
  Set ladder against roof on leeward side.
  If not already done, take precious possessions to a friend’s safe house.
  Or put in refuge room or hired locker.
  Or bury in a garden dugout. 

Essential Bushfire Safety Tips and 
The Complete Bushfire Safety Book
list the safe actions to take at each stage of bushfire threat.
The C F A says of Essential Bushfire Safety Tips:
‘Truly an outstanding achievement 
and a book that certainly could help save lives within the community.’

Click on the picture of its cover for an e-book preview.