Emergency Ready

Bushfires

(this information has been taken from the NSW Rural Fire Service website)

To report a fire emergency

  • Call Triple Zero (000)
  • If you are deaf or have a speech or hearing impairment call 106

For information on fires

  • Check our Fires Near Me page for current incidents
  • Listen to local media
  • Check social media such as NSW RFS Facebook and NSW RFS Twitter
  • Bush Fire Information Line – 1800 679 737
  • If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment, contact us through the National Relay Service
  • TTY users phone 1800 555 677 then ask for 1800 679 737
  • Speak and Listen users phone 1800 555 727 then ask for 1800 679 737
  • Internet relay users connect to the NRS then ask for 1800 679 737
  • To report a fire or emergency (TTY users only), access TTY 106. 

What to do during a fire

Remember

  • Follow your bush fire survival plan (Link to Bush Survival Plan). If you do not have a bush fire survival plan, ensure you know what you will do before, during and after the fire.
  • Remember – leaving early is your safest option. 

Before the fire

  • Put on your protective clothing
  • Turn on the radio to keep yourself informed
  • Bring pets inside and keep them in one room
  • Close all windows and doors
  • Block spaces beneath doors and windows with wet towels
  • Fill buckets, sinks and bath tubs with water ready to put out spot fires
  • Have your firefighting equipment like pumps and hoses connected to your water supply
  • Block downpipes and fill gutters with water
  • Remove items which can burn from around your home, such as outdoor furniture
  • Bring ladders inside to check roof space for embers
  • Patrol the outside of your home putting out any embers or spot fires
  • Just before the fire arrives, wet down timber decks and gardens close to the house
  • Move any firefighting equipment to a place where it will not get burnt 

During the fire

  • Go inside but stay alert
  • Shelter in a room on the opposite side of the house from the approaching fire and one that has a clear exit out of the house
  • Patrol inside the house, including the roof space looking for sparks and embers
  • Protect yourself from the heat of the fire
  • If your life is at risk, call triple zero (000) 

Once the fire has passed

  • Check your roof spaces
  • Go outside and put out any part of your house which is alight
  • Check under the house and any decks
  • Check on your pets and animals
  • Embers or sparks can start spot fires for many hours after the fire has passed

If you can, contact your family and friends and check on your neighbours

There’s an App for that!

Install “Fires Near Me” on your phone to keep up to date with fires in your area, especially when travelling around NSW.

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