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. Smoke can reduce visibility and roads may also be closed without warning.
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)