Safety Guidelines and Emergency Measures
fire advances rapidly upward and windward on a steep grass slope in
dry weather. Never underestimate its devastating power.
to the weather bulletin. If the fire danger warning is red, handle
kindling materials with great care.
at designated barbecue sites or campsites, never light a fire within
country parks. Smokers should refrain from smoking; all cigarette-stubs
or matches should be totally extinguished before discarding into
fire is difficult to detect in daytime. Always pay attention to
flying ashes or burnt smell. If a hill fire is spotted, leave the
fire scene right away.
is difficult to assess the spreading of hillfire. Don't risk continuing
your journey in case of a fire nearby or you may get trapped in
and keep calm.
attempt to attend a hill fire indiscriminately.
the following for a quick evacuation from the scene of fire:
a) The direction in which the fire spreads - avoid escaping
in the same direction of the prevailing wind
The height and density of the vegetation nearby - Find a place with
less vegetation for escape.
The gradient of the paths nearby - Choose the one which is easiest
It is easier and quicker to escape through existing paths.
the fire is imminent and there is no way out, you should cover your
exposed skin with wet clothing and then make for the burnt area.
This can minimize the chance of getting injured.
run uphill if the situation permits.
run into shrubs or grassgrown area, fire usually spreads rapidly
and the temperature may soar in these areas.
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