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Bushfire aftermath – hazards

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Bushfires are a powerful and potentially devastating occurrence. Clean up and recovery after a bushfire can be heart wrenching, traumatic and also dangerous. Dealing with dead and surviving livestock, trying to retrieve belongings from fire damaged buildings, dealing with hazardous materials, repairing burnt fences is all physically and emotionally difficult work. It is important to take caution and time to protect your safety.

Staff from the Department of Primary Industries in your state, local veterinarians and your local council will help you assess and evaluate your stock damage and assist with disposal of animals that need to be destroyed.

For more safety tips on bushfire aftermath go to Better Health Channel.

Keep in tune with the social and emotional health of yourself, family members, employees and neighbours. Be aware of signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which can take months or even years to appear.

Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder include vivid memories, feeling constantly on edge and avoiding reminders of the event.

For more information on Post traumatic stress disorder go to Better Health Channel.

If you feel you or someone else needs help or more information on managing stress of farms go to the Farmer Health Support Page.

References used for this bushfire aftermath page

More information:

Better Health Channel
Bushfire aftermath – safety tips

Department of Environment and Primary Industries (Vic)
Recovery after an emergency

Department of Health (Vic)
Please be safe when returning to your property

Better Health Channel
Post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD

Clinical care:

Canadian Medical Association Journal
The long-term health consequences of disasters and mass trauma

Australian Psychological Society
Recovery after trauma: The afthermath of the Victorian bushfires

Fast facts:

Bushfire aftermath – hazards

  • Cleaning up after a bushfires can be traumatic, difficult and dangerous.
  • Be alert for any remaining embers for six or more hours after the fire is out.
  • Stay clear of fallen power lines, they could be live.
  • Be aware of potential hazards like farm chemicals or asbestos.
  • Seek professional help to assess livestock.
  • Be familiar with the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Last updated: 25th January, 2018