Remunerator News

Jan 9 2020

Bush Fire Safety While Driving

The fires terrorising our country are showing no signs of relenting any time soon. The effects of these fires can even be seen from Remunerator’s head office, that is currently covered in clouds of ash and smoke. While it is the height of fire season, it is also the height of the holidays which sees many people and families travelling. If you plan on taking a road trip any time soon, we urge you to take ALL safety precautions to ensure that you and your family have a safe and enjoyable holiday.

The NSW Rural Fire Service and Victorian Country Fire Authority has urged people to delay all no-urgent travel through bushfire affected zones. This allows for the roads in these areas to be freed up for emergency support services and prevents the chances of gridlock scenarios as seen in the north-eastern Victorian and South NSW coasts.

Some Tips from the NSW Rural Fire Service and Victorian Country Fire Authority have released some fire safety tips for those planning on driving during this dangerous time:

Check fire ratings, road closures and bush fire alerts

Travel with an emergency kit

  • See what NSW RFS recommends to include in the kit here

Leave plenty of time for evacuations in emergency situations

*Should You Find Yourself in a Bush Fire Situation and Cannot Safely Exit*

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Position the car to minimise exposure to radiant hear

  • Park away from dense bush, try to find a clearing
  • If possible, park behind a barrier such as a wall or rocky outcrop
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The car should ideally face towards the oncoming fire front

  • Park off the road and turn on hazard lights – this reduces car crashes due to poor visibility
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The CFA recommends to increase your chances of survival you must stay in the car, and tightly close windows and doors

  • Cover up with woollen blankets and get down below window level
  • Drink water to prevent dehydration
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When the fire front is nearby, shut all vents and turn the engine and air-conditioning off

For more fire safety information see:

CFA Website here

NSW RFS Website here