Bushfire survival plan vital

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While many people think they will just leave early on a bad bushfire day, the reality is sometimes things do not go to plan and you may be forced to stay and defend your property.

"A well-prepared home in this situation may save you and your family's life," SA Country Fire Service (CFS) Director of Preparedness Operations Brett Loughlin explained.

Even if you do manage to leave early, having a well-prepared home and a Bushfire Survival Plan is more likely to keep you safe and give you a house to come back to.

"Even if you do manage to leave early, having a well-prepared home and a Bushfire Survival Plan is more likely to keep you safe and give you a house to come back to. Not acknowledging your fire risk can be extremely dangerous, if not fatal. Being prepared, having a plan and staying informed are fundamental bushfire safety messages."

Brett said the actions for each were simple to follow:

BE PREPARED

  • Clear around your property.
  • Have an emergency kit ready.
  • Know when to leave and where to go

HAVE A PLAN

  • Do your five-minute bushfire plan (available on the CFS website).
  • Talk about your plan to family/neighbours/friends.
  • Have flexibility in your plan - things might not always go as expected

STAY INFORMED

  • Listen to the weather and know your total fire bans.
  • Subscribe to the CFS Warning email
  • Check radio, CFS website, social media and news updates

Now is the ideal time to undertake these activities, Brett said.

"Achieving some of them, if not most of them, will always be a step in the right direction to protecting you, your family and your pets from the danger of fire. if you do get stuck-in and decide to burn a pile of vegetation as part of your clearing up, make sure you check the Environmental Protection Authority guidelines through your local council first," he said.

To learn more about how to be Bushfire Ready please visit www.cfs.sa.gov.au and complete your five-minute bushfire plan.