Glenhaven RFB members have been busy over the past month training, participating in local hazard reduction burns, and responding to local incidents and alarms. We are enjoying the opportunity to meet and train face-to-face again after so many months online.
With lockdowns lifting and life slowly returning to normal, many people are considering a getaway to the country. Bush and grass fires often cross roads and highways and smoke can reduce visibility. If you are travelling in a rural area, make sure you have all the information you will need to keep safe.
If the conditions aren’t good, don’t go!
Before you set off on your travels, check:
· Fire Danger Ratings and Bush Fire Alerts atwww.rfs.nsw.gov.au or on the Fires Near Me Smartphone application
· weather conditions atwww.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts
· How you can call for help
· You have a survival kit packed, including a working battery-operated radio, protective clothing, woollen blankets and water.
If you’re caught in a fire:
· Call Triple Zero 000
· Park off the road in a clear area away from trees
· Face your car towards the fire
· Stay in the car below the windows to protect yourself from radiant heat
· Turn off the engine and turn on headlights and hazard lights
· Close windows and air vents
· Cover yourself with a woollen blanket
· Drink water
· Cover your mouth with a damp cloth
· Stay down until the sound of the fire has passed, carefully leave the car (it will be hot) and drink water.