Simple things could save you this summer
How to prepare for summer

It's not that hard to be bushfire ready.

Simple things could save you this summer
Make a plan

Thinking "I will leave early" is not enough.

Simple things could save you this summer
Stay Informed to stay safe

Don't rely on a single source for emergency warning information.

Simple things could save you this summer
Practicing your Bushfire Survival Plan

Bushfires can be scary and overwhelming. This is not the time to be making major decisions.

CFS Bushfire Safety Timely Tips
Simple things could save you this summer

All people living in suburban fringe areas of Adelaide and regional South Australia are at risk of bushfire.

How to prepare for summer
Planning for Bushfire Safety

Preparation of your home and property is an essential key throughout the year to ensure that you, your property and your family survive. A well prepared home is more likely to survive a bushfire than one that hasn't been prepared. A well prepared home:

  • can be easier for you or firefighters to defend
  • is more likely to survive, even if you're not there
  • is less likely to put your neighbours' homes at risk
  • will give you more protection if a fire threatens suddenly and you cannot leave and have to take shelter

Make a plan
Your plan will help you take action and avoid making last minute decisions that could prove deadly during a bushfire.

The majority of people who die during bushfires in South Australia are caught fleeing their homes at the last minute.

Preparing your Plan allows you to identify the triggers to leave early or prepare to actively defend your property

Stay Informed to stay safe
Fires can threaten suddenly and without warning. Be prepared to enact your Bushfire Survival Plan without receiving any emergency warning.

The CFS cannot guarantee a fire truck will be there to protect your property.

Look and listen for information on television, radio, internet, mobile phones and by speaking with neighbours.

Practicing your Bushfire Safety Plan
A prepared and practised Bushfire Survival Plan will help family members know where others are and what they'll be doing.

A well prepared Plan will include contingencies and back-ups if your primary plan fails.

It's not that hard
To be bushfire ready


Preparation of your home and property is an essential key throughout the year to ensure that you, your property and your family survive.

A well prepared home is more likely to survive a bushfire than one that hasn't been prepared.

Prepare your home and property

A well prepared home is more likely to survive a bushfire than one that hasn't been prepared.

Starve the fire

by clearing vegetation and rubbish away from your home, and using non-flammable building materials.

Create a defendable space

by managing trees close to your home and reducing vegetation for 20 metres.

Prune tree limbs

that are lower than two metres above the ground or overhanging your home.

9636

Incidents Attended

18487

Brigade Turnouts

3107

Rural Incidents

1725723

Hectares Burnt

* 2013/14

Heat + Wind + Fuel = Bad Fire Weather - don't be a statistic

I've always believed people should prepare for the worst...

Ray Goodes, 57 years of active CFS service

Make a plan
Thinking "I will leave early" is not enough.

The majority of people who die during bushfires in South Australia are caught fleeing their homes at the last minute.

Preparing your Plan allows you to identify the triggers to leave early or prepare to actively defend your property

Bushfires can be scary and overwhelming. This is not the time to be making major decisions.

Preparing your plan allows you to make major decisions in advanced and will help keep you focused and make better decisions in the event of a bushfire threat.

During a bushfire emergency, you will most likely be very worried about the safety of your loved ones.

A prepared and practised Bushfire Survival Plan will help family members know where others are and what they'll be doing.

You might find you don't have equipment or resources to enact your plan when needed.

A prepared and practised Bushfire Survival Plan will help you to identify the resources you need.

Bushfires can be unpredictable and the best laid plans can go wrong.

A well prepared Plan will include contingencies and back-ups if your primary plan fails.

Making a choice when a bushfire threatens is too late.

The majority of people in bushfires die fleeing their homes at the last moment. Leaving late is a deadly option.

Remember: Certain properties are undefendable, and certain fires unsurvivable. Make sure you understand your capacity and the meaning of Fire Danger Ratings before making a decision to stay. Physical and emotional preparation

Stay informed to
Stay safe

Staying informed is critical on days of high fire danger so you can enact your Bushfire Survival Plan.
Do not rely on one source of information as power and online services can be lost during a fire. As well as the following information sources make sure you speak to neighbours, look outside and listen to a battery powered radio to stay informed.

    • The CFS website is a great resource
    • for finding out what's happening in your area, and general bushfire survival information.

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Practice makes perfect...

Advantages of a practised Bushfire Survival Plan.

Helps prevent panic

  • A written and practised plan will help you focus on what you have to. If you have practised your plan, it will be easier for you to cope and your responses will be more automatic.

Provides specific direction

  • you know where you are going, what to do and what your family will be doing.

Practice saves lives

  • There may be things you have planned that prove to be impractical, or for which you need extra resources. Practising your plan will help you to identify the things you need to change, or the resources you need to source.

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