It’s bushfire season and being prepared is essential to avoid the threat it can pose on you and your family.
Whether you live bushland, in the regional or metropolitan area, it’s vital to understand the risks so you can prepare your home and develop a survival plan so you know what to do when a bushfire starts. Bushland doesn’t just refer to trees and forest because it’s also areas of scrub and grassland.
Unfortunately, bushfires are a part of Australian summer. In Western Australia, bushfire season generally runs between November and April in the South West, while in the North, it runs from June to late October.
Check out the links below for useful information, checklists, social media channels and websites how to keep safe and up-to-date on bushfire areas near you.
Did you know?
- Western Australia is one of the most bushfire prone parts of the world
- Burning embers can enter your house through open vents, broken windows or roof spaces – these small sparks can easily ignite a fire.
- Download the Prepare.Act.Survive Guide by the WA Goverment
- Are you bushfire ready?
- What to do if you encounter a bushfire while driving or on foot
- If you have an evaporative air conditioner and you live near bushland
Alerts and Updates
Stay informed and regularly check for updates:
- Call: 1300 657 209
- Visit: Department of Fire and Emergency Services and ABC Emergency Alerts
- Listen: ABC Local Radio
- Department of Fire and Emergency Services – Twitter
- ABC Weather and Emergency – Facebook
- Department of Parks & Wildlife – Facebook / Twitter
Emergency contacts to keep with you:
For fire or life threatening emergencies call 000
For SES Assistance call 132 500
For emergency information call 13 3337