Life On The Edge: Living With Risk

Fire Note 129:  How do you motivate people living with fire risk on their doorstep to safeguard their properties and increase their chance of survival?  This research explores how householders perceive the value and risks of living in or near bushland and analyses the complex mix of hazards, risk, benefit and value perceptions which influence the way that they approach fire hazard. The results show people do recognise fire risk, but may treat it as a lower priority than other lifestyle values and factors, such as lack of time, cost barriers and aesthetic qualities. The findings offer useful insights into developing bushfire education that identifies and overcomes the barriers to action on hazard reduction.

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