Travelling in a bush fire prone area?
If you plan to travel during the bush fire season, it is important to be prepared and informed. Grasslands cover approximately 80% of New South Wales. It is important that you understand grass fires and how to protect yourself and your family. Grass fires are unpredictable; they can start anywhere, spread rapidly and move three times as fast as a bush fire. Smoke can reduce visibility and roads may also be closed without warning.
Pack your Emergency Survival Kit, including a working battery operated radio, protective clothing, woollen blankets and water.
Stay informed & check before you leave:-
1. Fire Danger Ratings and Bush Fire Alerts
Bushfire Information Hotline – call 1300 362 361
2. Weather conditions on the Bureau of Meteorology website.
3. Air Quality information visit
www.air-quality.com in NSW
If you are caught in a fire
- Call Triple Zero 000
- Park off the road in a clear area away from trees, scrub and tall grass
- Face the front of your car towards the fire
- Stay in the car below the windows to protect yourself from radiant heat
- Turn off the engine and turn on headlights and hazard lights
- Close windows and air vents
- Cover yourself with a woollen blanket
- Drink plenty of water
- Cover your mouth with a damp cloth
- Stay down until the sound of the fire has passed, carefully leave the car (it will be hot)