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Fire Safety

Fire awareness is essential, even in metropolitan areas across Australia. In case of a fire emergency, follow these steps:

  • Call 000 from any phone or mobile phone for free.

  • Clearly state "fire" to the operator.

  • If English is not your strong suit, indicate your preferred language to the operator and wait for further instructions.

  • Answer all questions asked by the operator.


Fire-Prevention Tips

  • Install a functional smoke alarm in your residence.

  • Avoid overloading powerboards or using multiple adaptors, as they can cause overheating, especially in older buildings.

  • Keep electric heaters and radiators at least a metre away from beds, furniture, and drapes.

  • Always turn off appliances after cooking to prevent kitchen fires, which often start from unattended grease, oil, or other flammable items on the stove.

  • Adhere to total fire ban days by not lighting open fires outdoors, including campfires.

What to Do in Case of a Fire

  • Have an escape plan to exit your home quickly. Ensure windows can be opened easily and do not block entrances or windows.

  • Store your keys and phone in a specific location for quick access in an emergency.


Bushfire Information


Australia offers numerous outdoor activities, including bushwalking, beach visits, and camping. However, between October and March, parts of Australia experience high temperatures that can lead to bushfires, posing risks to those unfamiliar with such conditions.


  • Do not ignore the danger if you encounter smoke or fire while outdoors. Act and decide quickly.

  • Prepare ahead on days with high heat and strong winds. If visiting a national park, inquire about safe activities and areas at the visitor information center.

  • Inform your friends of your travel plans.

  • Use mobile reception to check ABCemergency on Twitter for wildfire alerts in your area. In emergencies, dial 000 and inform the operator of the fire.

  • Avoid driving through wildfires. Listen to local ABC radio for crisis information.

  • Carry ample drinking water and sun protection, as fires can cause dehydration due to intense heat.

  • Abide by total fire ban days by not lighting open fires.

  • Follow advice and directions from local emergency services, including the police and fire department.

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