If you live in an area prone to bushfires, you need to decide whether you will leave early or stay to defend your home when a bushfire threatens.
The most important thing to think about when you are deciding this is the safety of you and your loved ones. Always put your safety first.
Do not stay to defend your home if:
Note: Your family may be put at risk of injury or death if you choose to stay and defend your home.
If you choose to protect your home, be sure you have protective clothing that will be effective against floating embers and intense heat. This would include an N95 face mask that will protect you against smoke inhalation.,
Make sure you also have an emergency survival kit that includes a complete first aid kit.
For information about how to treat burns, see our ‘First Aid Treatment for Burns and Scalds’ article.
The NSW RFS has published a web page – ‘Your Bush Fire Survival Plan’ – to help you assess the bushfire risks for your home. This resource includes a ‘Stay and Defend Checklist’ and more information about defending your property.