Stay safe during bushfire season

In Australia we are incredibly lucky to enjoy vast bushland and parklands throughout the country. Being in nature can bring so much pleasure. Although, if the weather stays continuously hot and dry, there can be the possibility of bushfires. That’s why, as summer approaches, we recommend that you work with your family and support network to draw up your own safety plan. Chances are you’ll never need it, but it can bring great peace of mind to know that everything is written down and organised, just in case. 

What to do

  • Confirm with your family and support network where you, your loved ones and pets will go if you need to evacuate, and who will provide any support you may need.
  • Prepare your home and garden. Even if you’re planning to leave early due to living in a high-risk area, this could help reduce damage. You can find more details here.
  • Know the bushfire alert levels and what each one means to you. If you live in a high-risk area, leaving ahead of time is always the safest option.

What to take – prep an emergency kit

An emergency kit is simply a bag containing things you’d want to take with you if you had to leave home quickly. Just pack your essentials, keep them somewhere handy and let your support person know where the kit is stored. Here are our suggestions:

  • Water
  • Non-perishable, easy-to-open food and snacks
  • Medications and prescriptions
  • Toiletries and sunscreen
  • Pet supplies
  • Important papers and emergency contact numbers including your support people, your doctor and your HammondCare At Home team
  • A list of essentials you can’t pack in advance, such as mobility aids (e.g. scooters, walking frames etc.), a hearing aid or glasses

Inform others to help support you

It’s a good idea to share a list of important information with your loved ones and support people. This doesn’t just apply to bushfire safety – it is always a good idea to help them keep you, your pets and property safe. Your HammondCare At Home team is here to support and guide you through this.

These are the kinds of items to include:      

  • A description of any medical issues or disabilities
  • A list of your medications and medical equipment and where to find them
  • How to turn off your electricity and gas
  • Information about any dangerous or hazardous items around your home and where they’re stored
  • A list of items that would need to be raised in case of flooding
  • Instructions on how to care for your pets
  • A list of what is in your emergency kit

Visit your fire service website in NSW, ACT, VIC or QLD to create your own bushfire safety plan, your HammondCare At Home team would be happy to assist.

Find a few moments now to complete these simple steps to have a safe and enjoyable summer.