Everyone will be aware of the long hot summer we have been enduring. There have been quite a number of bush fires already. OOSH services should therefore consider their readiness for an emergency, as well as evacuation procedures.
The National Law requires early OOSH services to ensure that every reasonable precaution is taken to protect children from any harm or hazard likely to cause injury, including bush fires.
OOSH services are required to have an emergency and evacuation policy and procedure which includes the following information:
- risk assessment to identify the potential emergencies relevant to the service
- instructions for what must be done in the event of any emergency
- emergency and evacuation procedures and a floor plan
Services in or near bush fire prone areas are encouraged to complete the NSW Rural Fire Service Bush Fire Response Procedure.
To be prepared, services in bush fire prone areas should:
- ensure that emergency procedures are regularly practiced with staff members and children being cared for by the service.
- prepare specific bush fire response procedures.