HOW well do you know your bushfire alert levels?
Bushfires can flare up at any time of the year, but are more prone in the warmer months of the year from October to April.
Alert levels play an important part of the NSW Rural Fire Service’s education and awareness campaign.
It advertises and promotes these levels on its website, on the radio and in the ‘Fires Near Me’ app and residents need to keep track of the alert levels so that they know what to do in the event of a fire.
The alert levels are:
ADVICE: A fire has started. There is no immediate danger. Stay up to date in case the situation changes.
WATCH AND ACT: There is a heightened level of threat. Conditions are changing and you need to start taking action to protect you and your family.
EMERGENCY WARNING: An Emergency Warning is the highest level of bushfire alert. You may be in danger and need to take action immediately. Any delay now puts your life at risk.
Before a fire even starts, monitor the Fire Danger Ratings daily at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fdr.
There are six fire danger ratings ranging from Low-Moderate to Catastrophic
“The higher the fire danger rating, the more dangerous a fire is likely to be. Under catastrophic conditions leaving early is the only safe option,” a spokesman for the RFS said.
“When it’s Severe you should only stay if your home is well prepared and you’re ready to defend it.
“At Extreme, only stay if your home is prepared to the very highest level and is specially built to survive a bushfire.
“Catastrophic is as bad as it gets – no homes are built to withstand a fire in these conditions. Leaving early is your only safe option.”