When will you leave?

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Your Bushfire Survival Plan must have triggers that activate your response when an Advice or Watch and Act message is issued or the fire danger increases.

If a fire is threatening your neighbourhood, keep track of updates via ABC Local Radio and official websites and social media channels (TasAlert, Tasmania Fire Service, Tasmania Police, City of Hobart).

Identify as part of your Bushfire Survival Plan at what point it is necessary for you to leave your home and what roads and access points are required. Leave before your evacuation route is compromised. Leaving early is always the safest option.

The Tasmania Fire Service recommends that you should not plan to defend your home when the Fire Danger Rating exceeds 50 (Severe) in your area unless you have created a defendable space and ember-proofed your home.

Unless your home has a defendable space and has been designed and built specifically to withstand a bushfire, you should not plan to defend it if the Fire Danger Rating exceeds 75 (Extreme).

Tasmania Fire Service recommends that you should not plan to defend any home when the Fire Danger Rating exceeds 100 (catastrophic) in your area, regardless of any preparations you have made. If a fire starts on these days, you should leave for a safe place well before the fire threatens your home.

In addition, residents in particularly high risk areas, such as the foothills of kunanyi/Mt Wellington, are advised to leave their homes during times of Severe, Extreme or Catastrophic fire danger ratings – even if there is no bushfire at the time.

If you leave your home, do not return until emergency services have confirmed it is safe to do so.

More information on leaving safely and how prepare