Systematically patrol inside and outside looking for any embers or spot fires including up in the roof space. Check your neighbours house too - if it catches fire, your house may be in danger.

The fire front, although very hot for a short period , will usually pass quickly.

Many houses do not burn down until several hours after the main fire has passed because owners have not thoroughly patrolled their homes.

Keep a close watch on embers and sparks from adjoining trees. If it is still smoky, use a damp towel or cloth to cover your face and protect your eyes.

Check ceiling area through the manhole and from the exterior. Use a hose, knapsack spray or buckets of water to extinguish burning embers on the outside of your home.