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If you live in an area that is prone to bushfires you need to decide whether you will leave early or stay and defend your home when a bushfire threatens. The most important thing to think about when you are deciding this is your safety. Always put your safety first.
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 you need to make sure you have the clothing that will protect you from smoke inhalation, floating embers and intense heat. You should also make sure you have an emergency survival kit with a complete first aid kit included. For information about how to treat smoke inhalation and burns see our ‘Fire First Aid Tips’ article.
For a ‘Stay and Defend Checklist’ and more information about defending your property read ‘Your Bush Fire Survival Plan’ published by the NSW RFS.
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