Bushfire readiness

Bushfires can have devastating effects on communities, so it’s important to be ready.

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Now’s the time to get your property ready to reduce the impacts of a bushfire.

Start by filling out a Bushfire Survival Plan. It contains everything you need to know about bushfire safety and survival.

It’s important to make sure you, your family and friends have completed a plan.

Did you know?

Most bushfires start in the afternoon, when it is driest and hottest.

If you work outdoors, it’s important you have a Bushfire Survival Plan ready. This will help ensure you know what to do in the event of a bushfire.

You should also make sure you know how to check for total fire bans and fire danger warnings.

Did you know?

The more visible the smoke haze, and the stronger the odour, the more likely the smoke contains concentrations of gases and/or particles that are hazardous to your health.

As Canberra is surrounded by bushland, it’s important to know where the bushfire prone areas are.

If you or your children participate in outdoor activities in the ACT during the bushfire season, then you need to know where the bushfire prone areas are and how to check the fire danger rating.

Did you know?

People affected by smoke from bushfires or prescribed burns can check the air quality.

As well as developing your own Bushfire Survival Plan, you can help neighbours and others in your community by:

  • Checking to make sure they have heard emergency warnings
  • Providing information about what is happening, or where up-to-date information can be found
  • Encouraging others to prepare their Bushfire Survival Plan
  • Helping prepare homes by clearing yards and gutters before the bushfire season

Volunteering with the SES is another great way to contribute to your community. In emergencies, professional crews might not have enough staff and depend on volunteers to step in.

Did you know?

Ember attack is the most common way houses catch fire during bushfires. Ember attack occurs when twigs and leaves are carried by the wind and land on or around houses.

Driving: During bushfires, road access may be disrupted. Drivers can reduce this risk by checking for weather warnings, driving cautiously and responding to emergency warnings as they’re issued.

Active travel: Cyclists should be aware of bushfire prone areas before heading out on a ride, particularly during the bushfire season.

Public transport: Services may be disrupted in extreme weather events, so if you regularly use buses be sure to check for notices.

Did you know?

Bushfires can jump over roads, so driving during a bushfire is extremely dangerous and can result in serious injury or death.