Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Your Safety Is Paramount

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Your Safety Is Paramount

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UNDERSTANDING your level of risk in a bushfire means you will be able to make the safest decision for yourself and your family.

But how do you know if you are at risk?

If you live or work in or near bushland, then you are at risk from bushfire. The word C[pounds sterling]bushlandC[yen] doesn't just mean trees or forest, it also means areas such as scrub, grassland, crops, woodland and farmland.

Here are some basic questions you can ask yourself to check your level of risk

Do you live within a couple of streets of bushland?

Does your local area have a history of bushfires?

Do you have many trees and shrubs around your home?

If you need to leave your home, do you need to travel through bushland?

Is your Bush Fire Survival Plan more than one year old?

If you answered Cyyes' to one or more of these questions, then you and your family may be at risk in the event of a fire.

The NSW RFS has created a Bush Fire Household Assessment Tool to help you to assess your household's level of risk from a bushfire. This quick assessment will help you make the decisions that are right for you and your family.

This tool can be found at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.

But even if your home is not directly at risk from a bushfire, there are still some general actions you should take to protect yourself and your family:

Make sure your family has a general understanding about bushfires and bushfire safety. If they are in an area that is affected by a bushfire, such as at work or on holiday, they will be able to make the safest choices.

Make basic preparations to your home. Embers can travel many kilometres ahead of a fire, so even if you are not directly threatened by a bushfire you may be impacted by embers. Preparing your home can reduce the risk of embers starting spot fires around your home.

Keep yourself informed on days of increased fire danger. …

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