Australia's Natural Disasters

Australia's Natural Disasters

Firewise, Fire-safe

How to survive a bushfire

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By Richard Whitaker
Format Paperback / softback
Page Extent 96
Book Size 128 mm (H x W x D)
Imprint New Holland Publishers
Release Date 15 Nov 2020
Subject Classification The natural world, country life & pets / The Earth: natural history general / Weather

Fully updated and revised, this is one of the most critical books for Australia by expert meteorologist of 30 years Richard Whitaker.

Firewise, Fire-safe tells you to how to protect yourself and your home from a bushfire. Bushfires are our most dangerous natural disaster, producing on average the highest number of deaths and injuries in Australia.

This book helps you prepare for a bushfire and advises on what to do when a fire threatens you and your home.

There is preparation information for when the fire approaches, when the fire arrives and after the fire.

First aid is approved by St John Ambulance and there is a list of emergency contacts.

Also included in information on:

  • Firefighting equipment needed
  • Designing a fire-resistant home
  • How fire behaves and the three killers, heath, dehydration, inhalation of smoke. What to pack should a fire be looming and to fight or flight.
  • How the bush fire spreads
  • The effect of drought on bushfires
  • Wind changes and protecting your home from burning embers
  • Preparing your land or livestock if on land.
  • Evacuation golden rules
  • And after a fire, cleaning up and Assistance and securing your property

Richard Whitaker

Richard (Dick) Whitaker began his career in meteorology when he started with the Bureau of Meteorology way back in 1971. He worked his way through the ranks and was Senior Forecaster in the NSW office for a nine-year period before becoming NSW Manager of the Bureau's commercial arm, the Special Services Unit in 1993. He is very interested in meteorological education, particularly through television, radio, and books, and has authored, co authored and edited twelve meteorological publications. Dick is a now Senior Meteorologist with The Weather Channel in Australia and appears regularly on radio and television.