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Karen is in town taking Carly to the dentist. She hears a 'very high' fire alert warning from the receptionist and is a little concerned. Although she has recently had a handy man in to clear the gutters, mow the lawns, and move the woodpile away from the home, she is still anxious to get home and make any relevant preparations. Karen gets Carly into the car, and they go home to listen to local radio and be on stand by.

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What is the correct length to cut lawns in bushfire season?
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Karen and her daughter Carly are in town running errands when they hear of a 'severe' fire warning where their home is located. Being a single Mum and having no one else back at the property, Karen calls her neighbours to check if they've heard the warning and are safe. Karen's bushfire safety plan is a 'leave early' strategy. She decides that it's safe to go home to get her relocation kit together and secure the home. Karen has organised for her and Carly to seek refuge at her mum's place if she has to evacuate. Karen plans multiple travel routes to her mum's place, puts her relocation kit together and moves furniture away from the windows.

Karen listens closely to ABC local radio for further information.

QUESTION

Why does Karen prepare multiple travel routes to get to her Mum's house?
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About to leave the dentist with her daughter Carly, Karen is told by the dental receptionist of an 'extreme' fire warning in her home town. Karen stays at the surgery a moment, listening to ABC Local Radio. The dangers are very high, and Karen cannot risk taking Carly back home, or collecting valuables. Karen calls her mum as it's been previously arranged that she'd seek refuge at her place. Her mum, Jean is more than happy to have her daughter and granddaughter take shelter at her place. Karen also calls her neighbours to check they're ok. They have just packed the car with their relocation kit, and are about to 'leave early'. They tell Karen they knew she was out, and have switched off her property mains.

QUESTION

Why do the gas mains have to be turned off in fire disasters?
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Karen and Carly are in town when they here about a 'code red' fire warning. They return to their car and tune into local radio for an update.

With the danger being so close to their property Karen can't return home so she calls her Mum, Jean, to check that it's ok for them to seek refuge at her place for a few days.

Karen knows the dangers of driving in a bushfire, and winds up all her windows, closes air vents, and turns on her headlights. She receives a text from her neighbours that they are safe at the community town hall, and that they've switched off her mains and hosed down her house.

QUESTION

If Karen is caught in the fire while driving to her Mum's place, what should she do?
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