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Journeys : Dec Jan 2010
Before a bushfire • Clear a defendable space (at least 30 metres) around buildings. • Clear undergrowth by removing or burning off. • Fill in any gaps in the eaves, around windows and door frames. • Protect large under-deck areas with non- flammable screens. • Remove fre hazards from around the house. • Rake up bark, leaves and twigs. • Ensure you have access to a good water supply and firefighting equipment. • Ensure your property is accessible for fre trucks. • Review your home insurance to make sure you are not under-insured. • If you need to make a claim, contact your insurer as soon as possible. To stay or leave? • People should decide well in advance of a bushfire whether they will stay and defend their homes or leave if a bushfire threatens. • Evacuation at the last minute is very dangerous. Smoke, noise, heat, flames, firefighting vehicles, fallen powerlines and trees, and panic all make fleeing in a vehicle or on foot at the last moment dangerous. • People caught in the open are likely to face severe and often fatal levels of radiant heat. • When fires are burning under catastrophic conditions, you should plan to leave your home -- many hours before the fire arrives, even if you have planned to stay and defend. For a free copy of the DVD Bushfire -- Prepare to Survive, visit www.fire.tas.gov.au or free call 1800 000 699. Preparing for the bushfire season Tasmania Fire Service and RACT Insurance advise residents near and in bushland settings to prepare their home well ahead of time. Decide if you are capable of staying with your property, make sure you have the right clothing and equipment, and have a plan for what you will do. The new Fire Danger Rating The new Fire Danger Rating (FDR) warns of the potential bushfire impact on any given day and will be widely publicised this summer. This chart will help you understand the new index and recommended actions you should take should a bushfire break out. To learn more go to www.fire.tas.gov.au FIRE DANGER RATING RECOMMENDED ACTION IF BUSHFIRE THREATENS CATASTROPHIC FDR 100+ Leaving is the ONLY safe option for your survival -- regardless of any plan to stay and defend. EXTREME FDR 75-99 Leaving is the safest option for your survival. SEVERE FDR 50-74 Leaving is the safest option for your survival. Only stay if your home is well prepared and you can actively defend it. VERY HIGH FDR 25-49 Only stay if your home is well prepared and you can actively defend it. HIGH FDR 12-24 Know where to get more information and monitor the situation for any changes. LOW-MODERATE FDR 0-11 Know where to get more information and monitor the situation for any changes. Are YOU bushfre ready? PREPARE • ACT • SURVIVE For more information go to www.fire.tas.gov.au 1800 000 699 25 October / November 09
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