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Media Release

Have a fire safe holiday this summer
Friday 22 January 2010 – 2:20 PM

With hot weather continuing holiday makers across Western Australia should be aware of bushfire risks where they are visiting so everyone can have a fire safe summer.

FESA Regional Director North Metropolitan Paul Ryan said every year thousands of people travelled to popular holiday destinations across WA and it was important they knew what to do if a fire started.

“During a bushfire firefighters will be working to stop the fire and may not be available to help your family, so it is your responsibility to prepare now and take actions to survive,” Mr Ryan said.

“If you are holidaying in a bush area you need to have a bushfire survival plan and emergency kit ready, be familiar with the roads in case a fire starts and you need to leave before the fire reaches you.

“Do not wait for an emergency warning before you act. Your safest option for survival is away from the fire.

“You should also know the frequency of the local ABC radio so you can get the latest emergency information.”

If a bushfire starts and you are driving through smoke, close your air vents and turn your headlights on to make your vehicle more visible to others and drive slowly and carefully.

Keep a close watch for and follow directions given by emergency services personnel.

If you cannot see clearly pull over to the side of the road, keep your headlights and hazard lights on and wait until the smoke clears.

Mr Ryan said holidaymakers should also know what Fire Danger Rating has been issued for the area they are visiting.

“Fire Danger Ratings give advice about the level of bushfire threat on any given day and are based on the forecast weather conditions,” he said.

“The higher the rating the more likely people will die or be injured during a fire.”

During severe, extreme and catastrophic weather conditions FESA in consultation with local governments may also issue a Total Fire Ban that makes it illegal to do anything that could start a fire, such as cooking outside using an open fire.

For more information on Fire Danger Ratings, Total Fire Bans and how to have a fire safe summer visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au or call 9323 9300 during business hours.

For local bushfire safety information visit the local shire office or tourist centre in your area.

To report a fire dial triple zero.


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