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Travelling in a bush fire prone area?

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
www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
2. Weather conditions on the Bureau of Meteorology website.
www.bom.gov.au
3. Air Quality information visit
https://aqicn.org/map/australia/
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)

 

source https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au