Bushfires can cause a number of injuries including burns, smoke inhalation and damage to the eyes from smoke or floating embers. Having protective clothing ready for bushfire season will help you reduce your risk of injury, particularly if you choose to stay and defend your home.
The NSW RFS advises that you should avoid clothes made from synthetic fibres because they are likely to melt and burn. Instead the most suitable choice is loose fitting clothing made from natural fibres.
The materials that are best for protecting you from bushfire injury include:
Your protective clothing set should include
Having protective clothing ready for bushfire season is essential, particularly if you are choosing to defend your home when the fire danger is less than extreme (if higher you should evacuate). You should also be well aware of fire injury first aid.
For more information about bushfire preparation read the NSW RFS Bush Fire Survival Plan.
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