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    Hi all...

    I am yet to decide but have been pondering it alot lately.... since the black saturday fires, have we now become so paranoid about fires or super cautious?
    Yes its been hot, and there have been fires around lately... but the way the media potray it and then the new "catastrophoic" fire warning, seems to me like we have become paranoid..
    Please dont think i take bushfires lightly as i certainly do not.. i have been affected by bushfires and could be this summer...
    It is getting me concerned and one of the things i worry alot about is my beloved dogs. If they are at home and a fire starts and im out how do i get to them? do i keep them inside? do i get someone to open the gate so they can get out?
    I am not a materialistic person at all, and if i were to save anything from my home it would be my dogs...

    Does anyone else understand my little ramble here????

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    Yes, totally understand it. Hubby is a Rural bushfire captain. Even though we are on flat land here, fire breaks around the house, with the pages he was getting from command, he told me it was catastrophic conditions yesterday and if there was a fire in the paddock to grab birds and dog/pups and get out.

    I have, along with bird first aid kit, a pillow case to stuff them into, a smaller cage too as the one they are in is too big to move, they go out in the sun at times in this. This stuff is right next to the cage.

    The pups would be bundled into the car, along with the cats if they are around, as would Pretty.

    Neighbours know I have the pups and if I was not home They would get them. Dunno if they would think of the birds though.

    An emergency plan is a must IMO but sometimes there may not be time to put it into action.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KelpieMum View Post
    Hi all...

    I am yet to decide but have been pondering it alot lately.... since the black saturday fires, have we now become so paranoid about fires or super cautious?
    Yes its been hot, and there have been fires around lately... but the way the media potray it and then the new "catastrophoic" fire warning, seems to me like we have become paranoid..
    Please dont think i take bushfires lightly as i certainly do not.. i have been affected by bushfires and could be this summer...
    It is getting me concerned and one of the things i worry alot about is my beloved dogs. If they are at home and a fire starts and im out how do i get to them? do i keep them inside? do i get someone to open the gate so they can get out?
    I am not a materialistic person at all, and if i were to save anything from my home it would be my dogs...

    Does anyone else understand my little ramble here????
    No we aren't paranoid - we are having fires already and Beechworth is a tinderbox.

    I do understand what you're saying and perhaps some people are being overcautious - but when we were the other so many and animals died.

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    hi KelpiesMum

    I don't think we're being paranoid. While not every "catastrophic" day has dangerous fires, if there should be one on one of those days, stopping it would be (probably) impossible. People die on those days. There are other things that kill more people every year but getting burnt in a bush fire should be avoidable - unless you are a fire fighter in which case you're there and things can go wrong.

    So are you ready? Have you got a plan? If you plan is to stay - what have you done to make your home defendable eg fire proof sprinkler system with diesel pump or similar, solid fire walls (not floor to ceiling glass or weatherboard). A system for putting out embers eg water sprayer back packs? and Hoes and proper clothing, goggles, overalls. No putting out embers in tshirt, shorts and sandals. Have you cut back brush, trees and cleared fire fuel away from the house? Do you have pencil pines under your eaves (Canberra houses did)? Do you have gum trees overhanging your house? (Canberra and Adelaide Hills houses do/did).

    If your plan is to go - are you prepared to leave when the forecast is for "castastrophic"? - after the fire breaks out is too late. Do you know which roads are safest? Do you have somewhere to go? Do you have a checklist or pack pile of stuff you want to take? Important documents like ID, insurance, computer backups (those little external hard drives are great), can you put it all in your car and go - inside an hour? Do you need to make several trips - in which case you might as well store it somewhere safe in town for the fire season. You could also make a list of bank account details, passport numbers, insurance policy numbers etc and put it on a thumb drive in an encrypted space (look up truecrypt for a free tool for doing this).

    Have you made a bush fire plan? There are plenty of Country Fire Service websites and government websites to help you do this. Not doing it is equivalent to putting your head in the sand.

    And if you want to do the best you can for your dogs, on catastrophic days, you will need to find a safer place for them. They will be safer inside a brick house than outside it when the fire front hits, but they will need someone to put out any embers that get in the ceiling space after the fire front goes through. Leaving the gate open for them to "run away" is not going to help. They are in the most danger in the open. And if fire fighters do try to defend your place it will be the house they focus on.

    CFS :: Home

    PS - the cfs bushfire action plan booklet suggests that fire danger rating extreme as well as catastrophic is "undefendable", and only "Severe" or lower is defendable provided the house is well prepared. It's got good instructions in it on what to do as the fire comes and passes, but not a lot about how to prepare the house in the weeks/months beforehand.

    It also mentions the maximum fire safety contruction standards do not allow for fire danger above a rating of 100 ie until last year >100 was "off the charts". 100 was supposed to be the maximum.
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 11-21-2009 at 04:36 PM.

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    Overcautious = alive.

    Undercautious = dead?

    I can see where you are coming from OP. But I guess if people trying to live lives in the affected areas are becoming paranoid, well that paranoia MAY just save someone or something.

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    Puggerup, that is sad to hear.

    Forgive my ignorance, and accept my apologies if this question seems too personal to anyone, but I just cannot seem to comprehend how people can live like this?

    I know Occy (? maybe someone else?) said in a previous thread that 'you learn to live with it.' I just don't know if I could. No, I couldn't. I would be one of the ones moving too.

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    Nah - wouldn't have been me - I am terrified of fire

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    Nah - wouldn't have been me - I am terrified of fire
    Yeah me too. Closest I've got is when my idiot husband burnt down the front hedge accidentally a couple of weeks ago. *sigh*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    Nah - wouldn't have been me - I am terrified of fire
    me too! I can understand why people want to save their property...but in the end...is it worth it? We talked about it when we lived in Wagga Wagga. We would take kids...animals and run!

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    You get used to the threat - perhaps I have said that somewhere? But you never get used to fire

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