Hot tips to keep yourself safe during the holidays

During summer temperatures will rise up to 45C degrees, so it is important that you keep yourself safe especially if you are planning to going out.

Fire Safety

If you leave close to any national park or if you are planning on bushwalking or camping during your holidays, we suggest you:

  • Check the forecast weather conditions
  • Check Fire Danger Ratings for your route and destination
  • Be prepared to change your plans on days of Severe, Extreme or Code Red (catastrophic) Fire Danger Ratings
  • Tell someone where are you going and when
  • Review your plans and identify the safest route and possible bushfire refuges
  • Take potable water with you at all times
  • Always listen to the Local Radio for fire activity – Do not expect an official bushfire warning
  • If you are in a car during a fire, stay in the car and leave the area. If you can’t escape the area, turn your headlights and hazard lights on, close windows and vents and park in a large clear area away from trees or long grass.
  • If you are outdoors, seek refuge in a rocky or high wall area, large animal burrow or close to a water body, away from trees and long grass.

For more information visit Bushfire Safety – Parks Victoria

Even if you are at home you could also be at risk of starting a fire. Activities such as cooking, barbequing, smoking, lighting candles or incense or even drying clothes can become hazardous.

Avoid common mistakes such as:

  • Never leave cooking unattended
  • Don’t puy anything metallic in the microwave and check the timer
  • Avoid cooking under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Keep your oven and range-hood clean of grease and fat
  • Keep your dryer lint-free
  • Never smoke in bed
  • Never leave lighted candles or incense unattended

For more tips visit the Insider Guides