FIGHTING BACK: A Glenwood Rural Fire Brigade officer directs water into the flames to control a bushfire.
FIGHTING BACK: A Glenwood Rural Fire Brigade officer directs water into the flames to control a bushfire. Craig Warhurst

Do you have a survival plan ready for bushfire season?

WITH the bushfire season just around the corner, Gympie region residents were yesterday reminded to revisit their bushfire survival plans.

Rural Fire Service Queensland North Coast regional manager Peter Hollier said forecast conditions for the coming bushfire season could create fast-moving, unpredictable fires across the state.

"Many Queenslanders believe they will not be affected by a bushfire, but residents could still be affected by bushfires even if they lived several kilometres from bushland," Mr Hollier said.

"On a severe, extreme or catastrophic fire weather day, the safest option for survival is to leave well in advance of any fire."

Mr Hollier urged all landholders to minimise their fire risk, report any bushfires by calling 000 immediately and have a bushfire survival plan prepared and practised.

"Everyone has a part to play in bushfire mitigation and it is vitally important that we take steps to ensure everyone is prepared," he said.

"It is essential for everyone to have a bushfire survival plan to detail exactly how you will prepare your home and family and what action you will take if threatened by a bushfire."

Mr Hollier said the plan must be in writing, practised regularly and take into consideration the ages and physical capabilities of everyone in the household, including children and the elderly.

"Once a bushfire survival plan is in place it is important for everyone in the home to know what action to take if a bushfire approaches," he said.

"This can include: monitoring your local radio and television for updates; locating your pre-prepared bushfire kit; putting on protective clothing; drinking plenty of water; moving all loose furniture inside; and moving cars into secure undercover locations, where possible.

"Vulnerable members of the community, including the young and elderly, are advised to leave well before bushfire strikes and not be part of any plan to stay and defend their property."

Information on bushfire survival plans and property preparedness is available at ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

Gympie Times


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