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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 property from fire damaged buildings, dealing with hazardous materials, repairing burnt fences; it is difficult work and it will take caution and time to be done properly.

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

Take care of yourself and your family and be aware of signs of post traumatic shock which can take months or even years to appear – don’t be afraid to seek help.

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

Clinical care:

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

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.

Last updated: 25th October 2016