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Bushfire Checklist

HOUSE AND PROPERTY PREPARATIONS
  Non-flammable areas (paths, driveways, lawns) installed around the home
  Vegetable gardens, orchards and dams located on fire prone side of home
  Wood piles, rubbish heaps and other fuels removed to a safe distance
  High flammability plants replaced by low flammability plants
  Lower branches of trees in inner zone pruned
  Flammable shrubs under and between trees in inner zone removed
  Shrubs and small trees in outer zone selectively removed
  All vegetation under trees in the outer zone removed to a height of at least 2 metres
  Roof and gutters cleared of leaf debris
  Dry leaves and bark removed from lawns and gardens in the inner and outer zone
  Areas under decks and floors enclosed
  Vents into roof spaces screened with fine wire mesh
  Gaps in external roof and wall cladding sealed
WATER SUPPLIES AND FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT PREPARATIONS
  Firefighting water supply available (reticulated or min. 20,000 litres static supply)
  Firefighting pump, hoses and nozzles, buckets, mop, rake available
  Ladder, torch available
  Battery operated radio available
PERSONAL PROTECTION
  Bushfire plan prepared and well understood by all
  Long trousers & long sleeved shirt (cotton or wool) for all who are staying
  Sturdy leather boots & leather or cotton gloves for all who are staying
  A helmet or wide brimmed hat with neck strap for all who are staying
  Close fitting goggles or other protective eye wear for all who are staying
  A face mask or handkerchief to tie over the nose or mouth for all who are staying
  First aid kit available
  Adequate drinking water supplies
ACTION WHEN FIRE BREAKS OUT IF LEAVING
  Pack planned belongings into car and leave in accordance with bushfire plan, if safe to do so - many hours before the fire arrives
PREPARATIONS WHEN FIRE BREAKS OUT, IF STAYING
  Prepare fire pump and attach garden hoses to taps
  Remove garden furniture, door mats and other flammable items from adjacent to home
  Check roof and gutters for leaf debris and clear
  Plug all down pipes (using sock filled with sand/soil), and fill gutters with water
  Fill baths, sinks and buckets with water
  Remove dry leaves and bark from lawns, gardens, decks, patios, etc
  Close all doors, windows and window shutters
  Ensure all family members and pets are safe
  Place wet towels and blankets against gaps under doors and windows
  Dress in appropriate clothing and drink water frequently
  For news of the fire's progress, listen to ABC Local Radio or access www.fire.tas.gov.au
IF LEAVING BEFORE THE FIRE ARRIVES
  Pack planned belongings into car and leave in accordance with bushfire plan, if safe to do so - many hours before the fire arrives
WHEN THE FIRE ARRIVES
  Extinguish sparks, embers and spot fires close to home
  When too hot to stay outside, go into the house to protect yourself from radiant heat
  Take firefighting equipment, ladder, hose and fittings inside
  Connect hose to laundry tap
  Frequently check inside the house and in the roof cavity (using the ladder) for any fires
  Extinguish any fires that break out inside
AFTER THE FIRE HAS PASSED
  Go outside as soon as possible and use water to extinguish any fires posing an immediate threat to your home
  Patrol your property for several hours and douse any embers that land on or near your home
  Check the roof cavity frequently from inside your home for any fires
  Drink water frequently to avoid dehydration
  Help your neighbours if possible

This is a guide only.

More information:

For more information about how to prepare yourself and your home for a bushfire, read the Tasmania Fire Service brochures Bushfire Prepare to Survive, Using Fire Outdoors, Fire Retardant Garden Plants or watch the DVD Bushfire Prepare to Survive.