bushfire Advice for Travelling/Camping/Bushwalking

Posted on: Tuesday, 7 March 2017 at 12:43:55 PM

What to do if you encounter a bushfire while travelling, camping or walking near bushland?

Travelling by car
• Slow down as there could be people, vehicles and livestock on the road
• Turn your car headlights and hazard lights on
• Close the windows and outside vents
• If you can’t see clearly, pull over and park away from vegetation
• Turn your engine off
• Stay inside your car, it offers the best level of protection from the radiant heat as the fire front passes
• Lie on the floor and cover your body with any available woollen or cotton blankets or cloth

Travelling on foot
• Do not panic
• Move to clear or already burnt ground
• Don't try to run uphill
• Stay low and seek shelter behind a log, rocky outcrop or embankment to protect yourself from radiant heat
• If your clothes catch fire, don't run. Stop, drop, cover your face and roll over and over to extinguish the flames

Camping near bushland
• Always check the weather conditions for your camping area
• Find out what bushfire safety plans are in place in the area where you are camping
• Ask for information on alternative routes to leave the area
• If a fire occurs you should always take advice from emergency services personnel

Important Information
Find the local ABC radio frequency in the area you are travelling through. In a major emergency, when lives and property are at risk, ABC radio will issue broadcast warnings at a quarter to and a quarter past the hour. Main Roads provides updated information on road closures throughout Western Australia. Call 138 138 or www.mainroads.wa.gov.au

For more information:
• read more about Travel Information here
• download the Bushfire Travellers Checklist at www.dfes.wa.gov.au
• contact DFES Community Engagement on 93959816

Click here to read the DFES factsheet.

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