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Ensure that your properly is well prepared.  The NSW Rural Fire Service has several publications which will advise you about preparing and protecting your home. These publications are available free to the public upon request.

Consider the specific needs of your family. If your family group includes elderly relatives, young children, those with disabilities or illnesses which would place them at risk during a bush fire, consider evacuating those family members well before the fire front approaches.

Organise a safe and suitable place for them to go to. Arrange for transport to that location. These measures should be properly planned in advance. If you have pets in your keeping, special provisions should be made for their safety.


It is imperative that your dog is wearing a collar with an l.D. disc attached. The disc should be engraved with the name of the dog,  your surname and telephone number. 

When a bush fire is in your area, dogs should be kept inside the house. Never evacuate yourself and leave your animals to fend for themselves. Notwithstanding the threat of bush fire, you may be prosecuted by the R.S.P.C.A.

If you are directed to evacuate by the police you will be permitted to take your animal with you to the designated place of safety. Your pets will then be collected from you by the R.S.RC.A and cared for until the danger has passed. 

If your house is burnt out the R.S.P.C.A. will care for your animals until you have relocated.


Owners of cats should have a wire basket labelled with the cats name and description, (colour, sex, etc.), plus owners name, address and telephone number.

Cat carry baskets, (which are also suitable for rabbits, guinea pigs, etc), are available from pet shops, veterinary clinics and the   R.S.P.C.A.


Cages should be labelled in a similar way to cat carry baskets. Ensure that you have provided drinking water and have sufficient food for your pet. The effects of bush fires on both people and pets can be terrifying and traumatic.

To minimise the risks to your family and pets make arrangements for their safety at the start of the Bush Fire Danger Season each year.


Loss of farm animals can most easily be prevented by preparing and maintaining fuel-reduced areas onto which stock can be moved and held during fires. This means planning to use fallow paddocks, well grazed smaller paddocks or raceways, irrigated pasture or summer crop areas.

Stock yards and holding paddocks must be eaten out and, where possible, have shade and water available to provide emergency protection areas for valuable stud or breeding stock.

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