THE SAFEST OPTION IS TO LEAVE YOUR HOME IF POSSIBLE.
This stage is highly variable on weather conditions. The main threat to your home will be from ember attacks. Protecting your home is imperative at this stage to minimise damage to your property and more importantly human life.
Preventative measures such as sprinkler systems should be activated at this stage to defend the perimeter of your home. Dressing in heat protective clothing is advisable to eliminate the damaging effects radiant heat. People and pets should remain inside their home until the fire front has passed.
This stage is the most dangerous and will last anywhere between 5 min to 20 min, depending on the weather conditions. During this stage people will be subject to flame contact, radiant heat, ember attacks, smoke, noise and power failure. People and pets should take shelter in their home.
Radiant heat will pose the greatest danger to people. The front of a fire can be up to six times hotter than its back. Although radiant heat cannot penetrate solid objects such as a brick home, it can shatter windows allowing threatening embers to enter, causing internal fires.
Properties can still be at risk many hours or an even day after the Fire has passed. Embers continue to pose a risk igniting small fires around the property and in roof spaces. Continued use of sprinkler systems will greatly reduce the risk of a secondary fire escalating causing further damage to the property.