By the author of the acclaimed The Complete Bushfire Safety Book, this new edition of Joan Webster OAM’s Essential Bushfire Safety Tips deals with people’s fears and concerns following the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, 2009, and a maze of new official safety policies. In this book, she identifies the shortcomings and likely adverse repercussions of some of these policies, defines the actions necessary for people to stay safe during a bushfire and sets out safe procedures.
Included in this new edition are new chapters on township protection; shelters, refuges and bunkers, as well as new information on choices of safe home bushfire strategies and protective house design, furnishings and gardens.
This handy book demystifies bushfire behaviour; details the protective action needed at each stage of danger; lists killer and survival factors; discusses evacuation dangers and advantages, how to make a safe ‘stay or go’ decision and sets out safe travel for holidaymakers. It explains how bushfire attacks houses, describes weather factors and safe burning-off procedures and lists home bushfire equipment.
Bushfire does not only endanger rural people. More than half of all bushfire tragedies happen in the grassy, leafy, outer city suburbs. Everyone who lives or works in or near the countryside or urban-fringe needs this book. The knowledge it offers can help greatly to reduce dangers to homes and lives, and take the fear out of summer.
See also Joan Webster’s Bushfire Safety website.