Decide what buildings or assets you need to protect from grassfire.
Reduce the height and proximity of grass to these buildings and other assets by:
Narrow fuel breaks (less than three metres wide) are unlikely to stop a fire, however they may slow it down.
By reducing the grass and other fine fuels around your buildings and other assets you can create a defendable space – a space which limits the ability of a moving grassfire to ignite a building through direct flame contact or radiant heat.
It’s important that you create and maintain a defendable space around all the assets you want to protect.
It’s too late to begin spraying and slashing as the fire approaches. You must prepare before the fire season.
If you’re a landholder or farmer, you need to include fire preparations in your whole farm plan. See Fire Safety on the Farm.
During the Fire Danger Period, if you’re using machinery with an internal combustion or heat engine, such as tractors or slashers, within nine metres of grass, crops, stubble, weeds or other vegetation, it’s important that you ensure the machinery is:
In addition to water required under legislation, you should also carry a dry chemical extinguisher that is suitable for normal combustible fires and electrical fires, such as an ABE extinguisher, on machinery.
Grassfires are very hot and can produce huge amounts of radiant heat that can kill anyone caught out in the open.
The safest place to be during a grassfire is well away from the threat.
The best protection from radiant heat is distance.
However, if you need to shelter yourself from radiant heat you can do so by:
If you encounter smoke or flames from a grassfire while you’re travelling, turn around and drive to safety if you can.
If you’re unable to turn around and drive to safety, a car offers more protection from radiant heat than being caught on foot in the open. If you’re in a car and become caught in a grassfire, don’t get out and run. Visit Staying Safe in the Car for more information.
If you are threatened by a grassfire, cover up all exposed skin with protective clothing.
Protective clothing includes:
Shield yourself from radiant heat behind a solid structure such as a building.