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Bushfire Protection: Safety Tips

Bushfires are a natural part of life in some Australian states, however, it doesn’t necessarily mean danger and destruction are inevitable.

Here are a few tips from the South Australian Country Fire Service to help you avoid or minimise bushfire risk and damage:

Be aware of your environment

Visit the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology website to find out the fire-danger rating in your state/territory.

Be prepared

Discuss, plan and take action

For more information on preparing for a bushfire view the NSW Rural Fire Service guide.

Did you know

About 90% of bushfires are a direct result of human action (either deliberate or otherwise)2 ; an estimated  50 percent of bushfires are the result of arson3.

Those who live in high-danger areas should remain vigilant, and report any suspicious activity to local authorities. It goes without saying that you should always take care when dealing with potential fire hazards, such as cigarettes and campfires.

More interesting facts about Australian bushfires

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