One of the key things to pack is enough non-perishable food. Store it a cooler so that it's easy to load into your vehicle when you have to leave. Things to pack include; canned food, dry food such as biscuits, crackers, muesli bars and nuts, plenty of water and a water bottle for everyone. You'll also need a can opener, plates, bowls, knives, forks and spoons.
After you've evacuated, you may be away from home for several days, so pack enough toiletries. Your toiletries kit should include towels, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, deodorant, nappies and prescription medication if necessary.
You never know when, or for how long, you may need to evacuate your home. If it's during the night make sure you have at least one torch and a supply of batteries in your kit. Also pack a battery powered radio and spare batteries, so you can listen to emergency updates. If possible, also take with your computer back-ups on an external hard drive.
Despite the intense heat from a bushfire, it's important to not wear light, summer clothing. Pack protective clothing and safety equipment such as long sleeve shirts made from thick cotton or wool, long pants, leather boots, protective gloves, dust masks or respirators and safety glasses. A well-stocked first aid kit is also an important part of any bushfire ready kit. Pack all of these in sturdy bags or hessian bags. These bags can also be soaked with water and used to put out spot fires.
As well as food and clothing, pack important documents that would be hard to replace. This would include birth and marriage certificates, insurance documents, passports and even photo albums.For a more comprehensive list of what you might want to put in your bushfire ready kit, download a list from your local fire authority.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.