Fires can threaten suddenly and without warning, and can travel very fast.
It's important that you use triggers to warn you of the potential for danger before a fire even starts.
Days of high fire danger are usually:
Finding out the Fire Danger Rating is the best way to identify if it is a day of high fire danger. But remember, the Fire Danger Rating is not a predictor of how likely a bushfire is to occur, but how dangerous it could be if it did occur. Just because there have been days with high Fire Danger Ratings and no bushfire, doesn't mean you should become complacent.
The Fire Danger Rating is issued by the Bureau of Meteorology after 4pm the day before and is available at www.bom.gov.au.
Finding out tomorrow's Fire Danger Rating is one of the best ways to identify early whether you need to activate your Bushfire Survival Plan. Don't wait until there is a fire - whether you are leaving or staying to defend, your plan should be activated well before a fire starts on days of high fire danger.
The most important thing on high fire risk days is to be alert to what is going on around you. Most of your preparatory actions will be the same whether you are leaving early or staying and defending. They include:
- monitoring the radio
- checking the weather forecast
- ringing neighbours to share facts and opinions
- ringing the Bushfire Information Hotline about what is happening in your area
- going outside and looking for smoke every 30 minutes
- performing the actions that will allow you more time as the fire front approaches
- performing the actions that are part of your local community strategies, for example, checking on a vulnerable neighbour.
If you are planning to leave early on days of high fire danger, find out more here.
If you are planning to stay and defend on days of high fire danger, find out more here.