Some Bushfire Defense Tips

March 20, 2012 10:12 am

water pump run on fuel rather than electricity

A fuel driven water pump rather than electric for fire fighting

Defending one’s home from bushfire isn’t all fun and games and can be deadly. It requires proper preparation and careful thinking. Here are several tips that everybody should follow to properly prepare themselves for potential bushfire attacks:

  • Decide well beforehand if you are going to stay and defend or leave the house since leaving too late could actually be more dangerous than staying put. In fact, a lot of people have died in their cars before while trying to escape from bushfire.
  • Make sure there is a sufficient supply of water available. Ideally, a strong heat resistant hose and water pump with its own fuel should be ready to fight off the bushfire. Keep in mind that the electricity is usually cut off during a bushfire attack.
  • If there are animals or livestock in the area, if possible, have an escape route ready for them, so they can escape from the bushfire on their own.
  • Have protective clothing ready, including a woolen jumper or long-sleeved shirt, gloves, a hat, full-length pants, thick boots and a scarf to wrap around the nose and mouth. Natural fibres are better than nylons and polyesters that could melt.
  • Make sure the first aid kit is fully stocked and ready to be grabbed as needed.
  • Plan where to shelter from passing bushfire.
  • Keep a battery-operated radio with new batteries handy in order to stay up-to-date with the bushfire’s location and at which category it happens to be. Powerful torches for night time or in heavy smoke.
  • Get adequate house & contents insurance cover, in case the house gets destroyed, or damaged in any way.

If you plan to stay and defend then consult your local brigade for more information.