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If you live in or near the bush, you should make a plan that sets out what you will do to prepare your home for bushfire, and what you will do if a bushfire approaches. A written plan will help you think through the actions logically, and give you something to refer to if a bushfire breaks out nearby.
The plan should be prepared carefully and thoughtfully. People usually have two safe options when threatened by bushfire:
You should understand the risks you face and explore options well in advance of the bushfire season. Your plan should be adaptable, as circumstances may change before and during bushfires.
Burns, injury, exhaustion, a more intense fire than anticipated, failure of equipment, loss of power supplies or water, structural damage to the building caused by wind or flames, or some other unforseen circumstance can compromise plans.
Your plan should include:
The plan should also include what your family members should do if they are not at home, for example children at school.
Let your family, friends and neighbours know what you are planning to do.
Remember that if your home has not been prepared and is closely surrounded by flammable vegetation, there is a high probability that it will burn down if threatened by an intense bushfire, even if firefighters are nearby.
Firefighters will concentrate on saving homes that can be protected with minimum resources and without putting lives at risk.
Therefore, regardless of whether you plan to stay with your home if it is threatened by bushfire or leave early for a safe place, the Tasmania Fire Service urges you to prepare your home so that it can be defended.
If you do not prepare your home and property so you can defend it against a bushfire, you should plan to leave early, well before fire threatens your home and make sure it’s well insured.