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What to wear during a bushfire
You’ve decided to stay and try to protect your home during a bushfire but have you thought about how you need to protect yourself?
It can get very hot during a bushfire and there will most likely be sparks or embers flying around as well as fallen debris on the ground. Make sure you’re wearing the right clothing to help protect you in a bushfire situation. But before you even think about that, remember that your life is more important than your property - don’t wait to leave until it's too late.
Below are some tips on the type of clothing you may need:
- Avoid clothing made from synthetic fabric like nylon or polyester as it can melt or burn very easily. Wear loose fitting clothes made from pure wool, heavy cotton drill or denim as it is harder to burn and will provide better protection against flying embers.
- Wear long-sleeved clothing made from thick cotton or wool to protect your skin and from being burnt by embers and radiant heat.
- Similarly, a pair of heavy cotton pants or denim jeans will protect your legs from heat and burning embers. Do not wear oil-stained clothes.
- Try and wear a wide-brimmed hat or helmet to prevent embers from dropping on to your head or down the back of your shirt.
- Wear goggles or wrap-around sunglasses to protect your eyes from debris, smoke and embers in the air.
- Heavy work gloves can protect your hands from heat, embers and debris when picking things up around your property.
- Wearing a filtered mask like or cotton cloth around your nose and mouth will help protect you from breathing in ash and smoke.
- Make sure you have sturdy footwear such as heavy work-boots and woollen socks – it will help protect your feet and skin from heat and debris underfoot.
For more information on visit http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or http://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/fire_safety/surviving_a_bushfire.jsp