The CFS is working through recommendations arising from the Royal Commission into the Victorian Bushfires and SA's Bushfire Taskforce. As these changes are implemented, our website and publications will be updated.
Preparing for Bushfires
PREPARE. ACT. SURVIVE. - summary of key actions that will assist you in making decisions to improve your safety and chances of survival.
Preparing your Property for Bushfire - detailed information as to the measures that can be taken in preparing property for the bushfire season.
Identifying Hazards around your Home - information to aid you to identify the things around the outside of your home that may easily burn and become embers and those areas that may be vulnerable to ember attack.
Fire Danger Rating - understanding the Fire Danger Rating to help you assess your level of bushfire risk and identify appropriate actions for your survival.
Preparing Yourself for Bushfires - the emotional and physical preparations necessary for bushfire.
Bushfire Behaviour - comprehensive information about bushfire including differences in fuel, weather effects and the stages of a bushfire.
Days of High Fire Danger - outlining what high fire danger is, the Fire Danger Ratings and Fire Ban Districts.
Bushfire Survival Kits - what you need for a survival, relocation and recovery kit.
Personal Survival - information relating to heat stress, dehydration and burn injuries.
Fuel Breaks - how to reduce and maintain defendable space between your home and property.
How Houses Burn - information as to how houses burn and the stages of a bushfire.
Planning to Leave Early - steps to take when planning to leave early and understanding the triggers.
Planning to Stay and Defend - information on what you will need to do to prepare yourself and your property during the year.
Fire Fighting Equipment - information on water storage systems, sprinklers systems and other useful ways to prevent the spread of fire within the home.
Care of Pets and Livestock - advice for the care and transport of pets and livestock prior to, during and after a bushfire.
Creating an Asset Protection Zone - designed for use on Kangaroo Island as part of the pilot Bushfire Management Program that is underway.
Horses and Bushfire - steps that horse owners can take to prepare themselves, their horses and their property for bushfires.
Watch & Act and Emergency Warning Messages - three levels of messages that can be issued during a bushfire that you need to be familiar with.
On the Day of a Bushfire - the preparations and actions to take on days of bushfire threat.
What to do in the event of a Bushfire - what to do at each stage of a bushfire , the practical tasks that need to be undertaken.
The fact sheets below are currently under review.
|Building a Home in a Bushfire Area|
|Fire Safety Strategies for Community Groups|
|Fire Retardant Plants|
|House Siting and Design|
|Landscaping for Fire Protection|
|Maintenance of Machinery|
|Storage of Flammables|
|LP Gas Safety|
|Protection of Fodder Reserves|
|Campfires and Barbecues|
|Holiday Fire Safety|
Building a Home in a Bushfire Area
This is a Planning SA Fact Sheet written in June 2003. It gives an overview of the requirements that apply to all new homes and accommodation facilities that are built in South Australia´s designated bushfire prone areas.
Building a Home in a Bushfire Area (500Kb)
Guidance and advice on the installation of sprinklers systems and how they work.
Sprinkler Systems - Fact Sheet 11 (925Kb)
This fact sheet includes information on how to form a Community Group and the strategies that these groups can employ to help protect themselves and each other in the event of a bushfire.
Fire Safety Strategies for Community Groups - Fact Sheet 13 (1197Kb)
An explanation of what a Telephone Tree is - a method of communication between community members and how it should be activated. The Fact Sheet gives an overview and advice on what this method communication is used for and how it is formed.
Telephone Trees - Fact Sheet 14 (472Kb)
Describes how location, maintenance and selection of plants and vegetation around a building can improve its chances of surviving a bushfire.
Landscaping for Fire Protection - Fact Sheet 15 (695)
This guide can assist in planning your garden in a bushfire prone area and includes a list of plants and shrubs that are difficult to burn.
Fire Retardant Plants - Fact Sheet 16 (602)
General Information on where to locate a home on a piece of land and some tips on house design and materials.
House Siting and Design - Fact Sheet 17 (1MB)
This Fact Sheet is an overview of when and how to obtain a Permit to burn off and provides an explanation of the conditions under which a burn off can be carried out.
Permits - Fact Sheet 18 (797Kb)
An guideline for "burning-off" practices including the best conditions in which to conduct one and safety practices that should be followed.
Burning Off - Fact Sheet 19 (657Kb)
This Fact Sheet provides advice and information about the use of mowers and slashers, grinders and welders.
Use of Machinery - Fact Sheet 20 (235Kb)
This Fact Sheet is advising farmers to ensure that every item of equipment and machinery is in good working order so that they don't ignite crops and other flammable items.
Maintenance of Machinery - Fact Sheet 21 (1231Kb)
This Fact Sheet identifies the risks of storing flammable materials.
Storage of Flammables - Fact Sheet 22 (356Kb)
This Fact Sheet provides general information on LP Gas and explains its characteristics and Safety Tips.
LP Gas Safety - Fact Sheet 23 (259Kb)
This Fact Sheet is about selecting a safe site and what precautions should be taken.
Protection of Fodder Reserves - Fact Sheet 25 (728Kb)
Information about preparing for a campfires and barbecues.
Campfire and Barbecues - Fact Sheet 26 (984Kb)
An overview of information that holiday makers travelling within South Australia may find useful regarding bushfires.
Holiday Fire Safety - Fact Sheet 27 (618Kb)
This Fact Sheet includes common causes of house fires and the basic fire survival rules.
House Fires - Fact Sheet 28 (567Kb)
This Bulletin provides information and advice on Bushfire Shelters and Bunkers.
Bushfire Bunkers - Fact Sheet No 29 (48kb)