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Remember - Leaving early is the safest option to protect yourself and your family. Leaving early means leaving the area before there are any signs of a fire – not when you can see flames or smell smoke. Leaving early means avoiding panic, being trapped, making the wrong choices and risking serious injury and death.
A Recommendation to Evacuate is issued in some situations. You should not rely on receiving one.
Evacuation is not a substitution for planning ahead or choosing to leave a high-risk bushfire area before a fire threatens.
On hot, dry, windy days, fires can start and spread quickly. If the Fire Danger Rating is Severe, Extreme or Code Red, you’re risking your life if you wait and see. Leaving early is the safest option to protect yourself and your family.
Information about Recommendation to Evacuate:
Evacuation is the planned relocation of people from a dangerous area to a safer place.
In some fires the emergency services may decide to issue a Recommendation to Evacuate for:
- a house
- a street
- a large institution (such as a school or hospital)
- a suburb
- a town
- a large area of the state.
A Recommendation to Evacuate depends on a number of factors, such as:
- safety considerations
- the location and type of fire
- access routes and the local environment.
A Recommendation to Evacuate may identify:
- the location you need to travel to
- travel information
- the length of time during which it is safe to travel.
THE PRESENCE OF POLICE OR OTHER EMERGENCY SERVICES DURING AN EVACUATION CANNOT ALWAYS BE GUARANTEED.
For further information, go to police.vic.gov.au