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Do You Know Your Bushfire Survival Plan? Poll Results

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The Fire Danger Season commences for Mt Lofty Ranges, Fleurieu Peninsula, KI, Lower South East and Adelaide Metro tomorrow, December 1.

The regions join the rest of the State in commencing the 2020-2021 season. During the Fire Danger Season restrictions are placed on lighting fires to reduce the chances of large fires starting.

Over the past week we have been asking web visitors in our poll "Do You Know Your Bushfire Survival Plan?" Seventy-one per cent of respondents said 'yes' they do, 19 per cent said they do not.

While there milder weather conditions are predicted than previous years, there will be challenges for bushfire prone regions as a result of a wet spring.

The latest Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC) Seasonal Bushfire Outlook shows the effects of La Niña means grass and crop fires will be a major area of concern over the coming months.

The types of fires in these conditions can be fast moving and can spread rapidly when fanned by strong winds.

The Country Fire Service urges residents in bushfire prone regions to clean up fuels around the property and speak to family and neighbours about what they would do in the event of a fire or a day with catastrophic bushfire conditions forecast.

A Bushfire Survival Plan outlines what you need to do to help safeguard your property and what actions each member of your family will take on fire risk days and if a fire threatens.

According to the CFS, a good plan:

  • is prepared well before the Fire Danger Season and reviewed each year
  • is written down, so that the details are to hand when you need them
  • is practiced regularly so you know how it will go on the day
  • is created with the whole family and covers everyone, including the young and elderly
  • includes what to do:
    • before the Fire Danger Season
    • on a Total Fire Ban day
    • during a bushfire
    • after a bushfire
  • can adapt to unforeseen circumstances.

Find out what you can and can't do during the Fire Danger Season, for more contact the CFS Bushfire Information Hotline on 1800 362 361.

Head to the CFS website to find out more about how to make a Bushfire Survival Plan.

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