OBEY THE LAW: Take the advice of all emergency personnel in times of bushfires. You don’t know more than them. Photo: Rhianna Bull
OBEY THE LAW: Take the advice of all emergency personnel in times of bushfires. You don’t know more than them. Photo: Rhianna Bull

What to do when caught in a bushfire

GETTING caught in a bushfire in your vehicle might sound like a hopeless situation, but with proper preparation it can be endured.

Chinchilla's Auxiliary fire captain Brian Colley said while the safest option was to leave early, there were steps to be taken in the face of an advancing fire front.

While driving, he advised residents to turn on their lights to maximise visibility in the smoke and avoid collisions which could leave them stranded.

Once escape is no longer an option and the fire is approaching, be sure to park in a clear area facing the fire front.

With all air vents and windows closed, all occupants should dampen the thickest material they can find and shelter under it below window level.

Once the fire front has passed, QFRS guidelines encourage people to check the car thoroughly for fire or damage before continuing their journey.

"If you're in a vehicle you're better off to leave it running.

This gives you an option to move if you absolutely need to," he said.

"Ideally you want to be near a water source, with plenty of drinkable water in the car.

"But of course, the safest option of all is to leave early."


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