Dealing with animals in an emergency
Pets are precious and it's natural to have concerns about them during fire season.
When preparaing for fire, have bedding, food and water ready to go and make sure you have safe transport for them when leaving early.
However, it is important you always put your own safety before the safety of your pets. People have died trying to save their animals.
It is best to decide now what you will do with your pets and horses on hot, dry, windy days.
Make sure your pets can be identified easily, microchip your animals and include your details such as your phone number on their collars. Have a plan for horses and livestock. A large, well-grazed area where they can move freely, with a supply of water is the safest. Remove all gear from horses and always keep them contained on your property, only open internal gates, they are at serious risk on roads where visibility will be poor.
Decide now what you will do with your horses on serious fire-risk days. If you plan and prepare properly, you give them the best chance to stay safe.