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In high-risk areas, leaving early is your safest option. This is
particularly so on Code Red, Extreme and Severe days. Fires
on these days can be dangerous.
Even people who are extremely well prepared can die
fighting fires at home.
WHY YOU SHOULD LEAVE EARLY
• If you live in a high-risk bushfire area, your home will
not be defendable on a Code Red day.
• Code Red is the highest Fire Danger Rating. These are
the worst conditions for a bush or grassfire.
• Houses are not designed or constructed to withstand
fires in Code Red conditions.
• On a Code Red day, leaving high-risk bushfire areas the
night before or early in the morning is the safest option.
• If you live in a high-risk bushfire area, your home may
not be defendable on Extreme or Severe fire risk days.
• Most homes in high-risk bushfire areas are not built to
• Defending your home is very risky -- you could die or be
• Defending a property requires at least two able-bodied,
fit and determined adults who are physically and
mentally prepared to work long and hard in arduous and
• Children, the elderly, people with special needs or
disability should be well away from the threat.
KNOW YOUR TRIGGER TO LEAVE
The safest option is to leave high-risk bushfire areas the
night before or early on Code Red days. Do not wait and see.
Code Red days are rare. When they are forecast they are
Know the Fire Danger Rating in your area. The Fire Danger
Rating is your 'trigger' to act. The higher the rating, the
more dangerous the situation if a fire starts.
For more information on Fire Danger Ratings visit the CFA
website at www.cfa.vic.gov.au
WHAT TO DO BEFORE YOU LEAVE
There are things you can do around your property before
you leave. These actions may minimise damage to your
home from bushfire.
• Close all doors and windows.
• Move doormats and outdoor furniture away from the
• Block the downpipes and partially fill the gutters with
• Move stock or large animals to large paddocks with
• Turn off the gas supply.
• Leave the front gate open.
WHERE CAN YOU GO ON HIGH-RISK BUSHFIRE DAYS?
• Family or friends in a low fire risk area.
• A place of relative safety, such as a shopping
complex or central business district of a large regional
or urban centre.
• Other community buildings, such as libraries in
Do not forget to call family, friends and neighbours to let
them know where you have relocated. Do you have all the
phone numbers you are going to need listed in your mobile
phone? As an added safeguard, write the numbers down
elsewhere in case you lose your phone or do not have it
with you on the day.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION VISIT WWW.MOORABOOL.VIC.GOV.AU
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