The best way to avoid danger from a bushfire is to avoid walking at high risk times and locations. Before leaving home, check the weather forecast and fire restrictions. Minimize the use of campfires at any time and always take extreme care when lighting fires.
If caught walking in the path of a bushfire:
- Walk quickly, preferably downhill, looking for possible shelter.
- Seek shelter from radiant heat which is the killer in a bushfire.Look for a stream or pool, a hollow in the ground such as an eroded gully or roadside drain, rocky outcrops or large log, a hut or building, or a large cleared or recently burnt area.
- Cover any exposed skin with clothing (preferably cotton or wool), earth or thick bark.
- Lie face down and breathe the cooler, less smoke filled air close to the ground. Drink water regularly to avoid dehydration.
- Stay in your chosen shelter until the fire front has passed.
- As a last resort, you may be able to run through low flames onto burnt ground.