The Rural Fire Service (RFS) is urging all Brisbane residents to keep safe this bushfire season by ensuring they are familiar with bushfire warnings.

RFS Brisbane Regional Manager Wayne Waltisbuhl said even if residents don’t live in bushland, they could be threatened by bushfires so now is the time to prepare and understand the different levels of warnings.

“Residents who live in semi-bushland area, near large natural reserves and parklands in Greater Brisbane need to prepare their family now so that everyone knows what actions to take should a bushfire break out,” Mr Waltisbuhl said.

“It’s too late to start planning once the fire is approaching, but by understanding bushfire warnings, residents will have a better understanding of what action to take, whether it’s to stay or leave early. 

“Bushfire warnings are issued through media and social media channels during an incident to inform residents of the steps they must take to survive the bushfire.

“The type of warning issued by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is determined by the severity of the fire and the potential to impact property.”

Mr Waltisbuhl said there were three main levels of bushfire warnings messages.

“An ADVICE message means you need to monitor conditions and review your Bushfire Survival Plan,” he said.

“A WATCH and ACT message indicates that conditions are changing and you need to start taking action and follow your Bushfire Survival Plan.

“The highest level of bushfire warning messages is an EMERGENCY WARNING. This message implies you are in danger and now is the time to action your Bushfire Survival Plan.

“It’s essential for all Brisbane residents to educate themselves and their families in understanding the levels of warnings to ensure they aren’t confused or panicked if a warning is issued for their area.

“In addition to knowing the different levels of bushfire warnings messages, all households should have a Bushfire Survival Plan.

“A Bushfire Survival Plan should be in writing and practiced regularly. It should include what actions you will take if a bushfire is approaching.”

To find out more about bushfire warnings messages and how to Prepare.Act.Survive by completing a Bushfire Survival Plan, please visit the Rural Fire Service website.