Now ask yourself...
- Will I be able to cope during a bushfire?
- Will my family or household cope during a bushfire?
- What if family or friends are visiting, how will they cope?
Defending your home during a bushfire will take several hours. This includes the time needed to do all the hard preparation tasks before the fire front reaches your home and continually watching for spot fires.
You will need to be in good physical health, with the ability to maintain a constant watch on your home and surrounding area before, during and after the fire.
Think about any medical conditions that may be an issue because of stress and smoke, for example heart conditions, asthma and other respiratory conditions. These may affect your ability to defend your home.
If you are planning to actively defend your property you need to make sure you are self sufficient. If you are unprepared, not able to or not sure you can defend your home without the assistance of firefighters, you need to leave early well before the fire reaches you. Firefighting resources will be busy trying to put the fire out and will not be there to help you defend your home.
Fires can be very frightening, and may make it hard to think clearly or make good decisions. It is important everyone agrees to your plan to actively defend, to stop people making different decisions in the heat of the moment.
Make sure you prepare and practice your plan to actively defend before the bushfire season starts. This will give you a clear set of actions to follow before, during and after a bushfire.
Use the Prepare to actively defend checklist (PDF - 346 KB) to help you get ready for a bushfire.