Worried about your gas bottles being exposed to fire?
Origin Energy Gas bottles are built with safety in mind, which makes them extremely robust and able to withstand severe conditions. But if you have time, and it's safe to do so, there are a few things you can do to prepare your bottles in case of fire. Read more here. ... See MoreSee Less
What a great place and the conference is full one. Over 550 rangers from around the world. Today’s key note by Sean Willmore was very inspiring. Great to see all the LeadRanger crew from Africa here...
Make sure your nearest hydrant is accessible.Please take a minute to help firefighters with the worsening fire conditions ahead.
By looking after the hydrant near your house or work you are helping firefighters in an emergency. Clear the area around hydrants of any grass, vegetation, gardens, rubbish and dirt. Ensure no one parks over a hydrant at any time.
Hydrants are a valve connection to the water main which allow Firefighters to access a continuous flow of water in a fire emergency. Our fire trucks only carry enough water to make an initial fire attack, so locating and getting a hydrant to work is one of a Firefighters’ priorities.
Although data states that 2/3 of Black Saturday fatalities died while sheltering in or near their house, research by bushfire scientists revealed that they did not die BECAUSE they were sheltering. They died because they did not know how to shelter safely. SO WHEN THE BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY MESSAGE IS “It I s too Late to Leave, You Should Take Shelter and Stay Indoors” - WHAT SHOULD YOU ACTUALLY DO? IF YOU CANNOT SHELTER IN A BUILDING * Shelter behind a wall; beside a large fire resistant tree (that has no flammable undergrowth); in nor beside a car; in a dam (if no vegetation is near either), in a ditch, (cover yourself with earth or blanket); crouch beneath a blankets (must be PURE WOOL) on bare ground or an already burnt area. IF YOU CAN SHELTER IN A BUILDING Before you go inside: * Shut off gas and electricity at the mains. * Put pets inside: dogs on leash, cats in covered cages. * Take in outdoor furniture, doormats, hanging baskets, plastic pot plants. When you are inside: * Make sure all doors and windows are securely shut. * Turn off air conditioners; cover their internal vents. * If windows are unshuttered, cover with blankets (must be PURE WOOL), heavy quality quilts, foil or wet towels. *Move flammable furniture away from windows. * Close internal doors to limit fire spread if embers enter and ignite inside. * Put on protective clothing and nose mask and drink often. * Keep blankets (must be PURE WOOL) handy. * Cool off when possible. * Watch the conditions outside if possible through a small window or peephole. Do not open a door or window to look outside. * When you are sure flaring shrubs have blackened, it’s safe to go out again. (Burning tree trunks do not generally emit killing radiant heat.) PASSIVE SHELTERERS * DO NOT SHELTER IN AN INNER ROOM. Not in the hallway. Not in the bath. If you shelter in ANY kind of inner room – no matter how many doors it has – you could be trapped. Embers may have ignited sub-floor or wall cavities or rafters in the ceiling space,. Flaming walls or ceiling could collapse on you. Toxic fumes from smouldering furnishings, synthetic furniture or wall linings could overcome you. * STAY BY A DOOR THAT EXITS TO OUTSIDE in protective clothing and with blankets (must be PURE WOOL). * It is vital for passive shelterers to exit as soon as the potentially killing radiant heat from fames has died down. ACTIVE SHELTERERS * Take hose, sprayers and ladder inside with you. * Fill bath & troughs with water, immerse towels, roll up and place at door gaps and window ledges. Plug keyholes with play dough, blue-tack or soap. * Fill containers (e.g. garden sprayers) with water; put these, with dippers, mops etc, in each room. * Watch for invading embers. Particularly in the ceiling space, through windows, gaps under doors. Spray or hit with wet mop any sparks, embers or smouldering furnishings. * If any ignition cannot be extinguished, close the door of that room. * Maintain easy access to an exit door. * Never go outside during a flame front to douse an outside ignition. EXITING * Exit with great care, preferably from a door that is sheltered from the wind. * Wear protective clothing & nose cover, cover yourself with your blanket (must be PURE WOOL), crouch, lower your eyelids and open the door gradually. The quintessential bushfire survival resource is a HEAVY DUTY PURE WOOL BLANKET. Covered with their blanket and with a flask of water people have withstood the most catastrophic conditions. Extracted from my Essential Bushfire Safety Tips (CSIRO 2012), www.publish.csiro.au/pid/6969.htm (If you can't afford to buy - most libraries have it.) ... See MoreSee Less
Well the last few days have been extremely terrifying on top of the last few months in Northern NSW & South East Qld. There has been a lot of social media comments some good, sharing the stories and images and some some not so good. Now is not the time for blame, hate or vindictive comments. Its the time to give credit to our emergency services who have put their lives on hold to keep us as safe as possible, in unprecedented conditions and for so long (2 months+) It’s not over yet, there is more to come and there is very limited future rain on the horizon. The time for blame, should not come, but a time when it is over we should come together calmly, constructively and collaboratively. We don’t need “knee jerk” reactions, we need support to build the resilience for the future of our communities, landscapes and people. Knee jerk reactions may have got us to where we are, but its not the solution to the future. Please stay safe, check on your neighbour, have a plan ready (NOW), ask your neighbour and friend RUOK and seek support for those who may need it physically and mentally. Stay Safe! ... See MoreSee Less