No one expects a bushfire to come their way. But the reality is that one can strike anywhere.
Getting your home, property and family prepared before a bushfire happens is your best chance of staying safe, and it may save your life.
Remember: You need to talk to your family and neighbours about what you will do in a bushfire to stay out of danger. It’s important that everyone understands what they need to do.
Most people underestimate what it’s like to experience a bushfire. A bushfire will turn day into night and sound like the roar of a jet plane. Smoke will burn your eyes, the heat radiated by the fire will sear your skin and the hail of embers coming down is relentless.
What would you do if a bushfire threatened your home and family?
Your first step to get prepared is to take 5 minutes and have a Fire Chat to discuss three lifesaving questions.
If you live in a bushfire risk area, you need to understand the Bushfire Warning Systems before a fire threatens your home. The alerts give information on how severe a bushfire is once it’s started. Alerts have four warning levels indicating the increasing risk to your life or property, and the decreasing amount of time you have until the fire arrives.
For all current bushfire alerts and warnings visit emergency.wa.gov.au
Firefighters will be too busy fighting fires on the frontline to defend your home and property, so it is your responsibility to be prepared. Download, print and complete the Property Preparation Checklist to give your home and property the best possible chance of surviving a bushfire.
As a property owner, you have an important role in reducing the bushfire risk to occupants, visitors and neighbours. One of the most important steps is the creation and maintenance of an
An APZ is a low-fuel, defendable space of up to 10 metres immediately surrounding a building, kept free from combustible items and obstructions. This provides a safer area from which firefighting operations can be undertaken to actively defend the building and increases the likelihood that it will survive if left undefended during a bushfire.
When preparing your bushfire plan, think about the welfare of your pets and livestock. You have a duty of care for them, and having a plan means you can act early to give your animals the best chance of survival.
If you can’t take them to an alternative location in advance, you should plan to find a safe area on your property for them to shelter. For livestock, look for a large, well fenced sandy area without trees or buildings nearby, and easy access to a dam. Ensure that your animals have access to adequate food and water.
Bushfire Ready is a community-led program that encourages local residents to learn about planning and preparing for bushfires by working together.