Bush Fire Survival Plan

Tasmanian Bush Fire Survival Plan

Bush Fire Survival Plan

If you live in or near the bush, your home is at risk from bushfire. Bush includes bushland, scrub, grassland, farmland, heath, marram grass and buttongrass. You should use these pages to guide you through the steps necessary to prepare your home so it can be defended against bushfires, either by yourself or by firefighters, except bushfires
burning on days of ‘catastrophic’ fire danger.


Bushfires in Tasmania

Most bushfires in Tasmania occur during relatively mild summer weather and are easily controlled by firefighters. However, bushfires that break out on very hot, dry and windy days can spread rapidly and may be difficult or impossible for firefighters to control. These fires can burn large areas of forest and farmland, destroy homes and livestock, and sometimes kill and injure people. The devastating bushfires that destroyed more than 300 properties in south east Tasmania in January 2013 are an example of what can happen under these conditions. A properly prepared home is more likely to survive a bushfire than one that hasn’t been prepared, and the chances increase significantly if able-bodied people are there to protect your home. Properly prepared and defended homes can provide a safe haven during almost all bushfires.

 

However, Tasmania Fire Service recommends that you should not plan to defend your home when:
  • Fire Danger Rating exceeds 50 (severe) in your area, unless you have created a defendable space and ember-proofed your home.
  • Fire Danger Rating exceeds 75 (extreme) in your area, unless your home has a defendable space and has been designed and built specifically to withstand a bushfire*.
  • Fire Danger Rating exceeds 100 (catastrophic) in your area, regardless of any preparations you have made, unless firefighters have assessed your home as defendable in the prevailing conditions.

 

Leaving early is always the safest option

Leaving early is always the safest option when a bushfire threatens your home. If you are not staying to defend your property, you should plan to leave early. Many people have died in bushfires because they have tried to relocate too late, and have been trapped and burnt in their cars or on foot. Fewer lives will be lost if people who choose to leave do so well before a bushfire threatens their home.

 

* Australian Standard AS 3959 Building in Bushfire Prone Areas or equivalent measures
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In line with the easing of restrictions, TasFire Equipment has developed a COVID-19 workplace safety plan, as required under the Tasmanian Government’s COVID-19 Safe Workplaces Framework.

This allows us to return to our full range of services and means that all clients on our preventative maintenance schedule will continue to be visited by our technicians for the maintenance of fire protection equipment. To enable us to safely conduct site inspections and for us to comply with our safety plan there are a number of precautions that we are taking to reduce the risks presented by COVID-19. These include:

Our regional shopfronts are open to the public however physical distancing rules apply and we ask that anyone displaying any COVID-19 symptoms do not visit our sites. Contact details will be recorded for all those who visit our shopfronts to enable contact tracing. For anyone not wishing to visit our shopfronts in person, delivery can be arranged for any equipment needed.

We will keep you informed of any further changes to our services in light of new or different advice from government authorities. We appreciate your understanding in these challenging times and encourage you to contact us on 1300 008 337 or tfe@fire.tas.gov.au if you have any questions or concerns regarding this advice.

 

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The TasFire Equipment Team.