Gippslanders urged to understand fire danger ratings
With Gippsland set for a number of days of hot and dry weather, a survey by the CFA suggests many of us could be putting ourselves at unnecessary risk.
The survey found just 1 in 10 Victorians living in areas of high bushfire risk, including those in Gippsland, say they would ‘leave early’ on days of high fire danger.
Alarmingly, a third of respondents say they would only leave once a fire is threatening their town or suburb, with 7 percent waiting for direction by police or emergency services.
The CFA's Deputy Chief Officer, Stephanie Rotarangi, is urging residents to understand the Fire Danger Ratings and make sure they leave early on days of high bushfire risk.
“Leaving early is the safest option to protect yourself and your family and it means leaving the area before a fire starts – not when you can see flames or smell smoke. Leaving early means avoiding panic, being trapped, making the wrong choices and risking serious injury or death,” she said.
“Victoria’s environment and climate means we live in one of the most fire prone regions in the world, therefore the only way that you can guarantee your safety during a bushfire is not being in it.
“Waiting to leave means a drive that normally takes a few minutes could take hours, or you may not be able to get out at all.”