AUSTRALIA’S outdoor fire has been around since the 1980s, but there has been a boom in the popularity of fire-safe campsites over the past few years.
Photo: Andrew Meares But not everyone wants to be the one putting out a fire on the grass, and many are reluctant to let their homes get too hot or overcrowded during the hot summer months.
Photo/YouTube/Toby Meares “There’s a lot of people who are afraid of fire,” Dr John Smith, a professor of environmental and occupational health at the University of Tasmania, told the ABC.
“They are terrified of fire.”
Fire hazards: Aussie outdoors The biggest fire hazard is bushfires.
Photo via Google Maps The NSW Bureau of Meteorology estimates there are at least 30 bushfires burning in NSW each day.
“The bushfires in NSW are the biggest in the world, they’re burning at rates of between 5,000 and 10,000 hectares a day,” Dr Smith said.
“You can’t do anything about that.”
According to the Australian Fire Authority, bushfires burn in a “widely dispersed” fashion and are “generally a result of human-caused climate change”.
“Fire risks are rising across Australia, with more than 50 bushfires still burning in 2017 and 2017-18,” the AFA said.
One of the biggest bushfires was on the Great Barrier Reef in February 2018, which killed more than 700 people.
The fires have been blamed for a rise in sea levels, and a surge in pollution and air pollution.
What to do if you find yourself trapped in a bushfire The best thing you can do is leave your home.
Photo courtesy of Google Maps If you are trapped in the bush, there are several ways to escape.
“If you’re trapped in your house, it would be best to leave,” Dr Meares said.
If you are in a car or a truck, “go and get a truck driver and try to get it off the road”, he said.
“If you can, if you’re going to be driving a truck for the next 10 years or more, then you should consider getting a fire-rescue pass.”
If the fire has already destroyed your property, you should seek assistance immediately.
“It is quite a dangerous situation, you’re not sure how much time you have left and you might get stuck,” Dr Samuels said.
But if you can’t find help, Dr Meres said it was not uncommon for people to “go into a bush”.
Firefighters say it’s up to the community to do more to keep fires from spreading, particularly in remote and remote-end communities.
“We need the community, as well as the fire brigade, to help the community,” Dr Martin said.
Dr Samutels said while there are still people in the community who want to do a good job, “the community is not really prepared for a bush fire”.
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