Hazards everywhere.

Well ever since Scott came up with the theme of ‘Hazards’ things have been going pear shaped around here. First the news came out that a security guard from a Quarantine Hotel had caught the virus and then moved about in the community for a couple of days which means that we’re having our first lockdown. We’re not to leave the house without good reason although a walk out in the open for an hour locally is allowed. Unlike other parts of the world we try and totally keep out the virus, although it has escaped in other parts of Australia, it has been eradicated by total lockdowns and teams of contact tracers who follow the movements and contacts of the infected persons. So far the virus bushfire has been extinguished by quick action. Now we’ve got a real bushfire to worry about raging just north of here as well. The wind direction is taking it away from us however this could change, especially as there is a cyclone heading our way too, which could generate strong winds to whip the fire back into action. So far 30 houses have been destroyed but it would be much worse if it wasn’t for the efforts of our fire fighters. The cover photo was taken from our veranda and the others when I went for a walk down the Zig Zag road. I suppose this is a hazard of living in a mediterranean climate with our hot, dry summers, the Californians would understand.

Well I’m now going to fill up buckets of water around the house and rake up leaves, just in case.

Perth fire emergency enters second day with more homes feared lost – ABC News

I live in the hills just east of the city of Perth, Western Australia and I've loved cycling all my life, From riding to primary school when I was 8 years old to cycle touring as a grumpy old man. Cycling is freedom on two wheels and I love getting on my bike at any opportunity.

13 response to "Hazards everywhere."

  1. By: The Navigator Posted: February 2, 2021

    Yes, you definitely get the hazard award for the start of the challenge month. Cyclones and bushfires, oh my! The virus escaping from hotel quarantine was just a matter of time since every other city has already dealt with it. It was always going to be Sydney or Melbourne first since they processed so many more passengers each week than the other cities. But at least everyone learned from Melbourne to “Go hard, go early” and could apply the lessons learned there. Most importantly for the politicians, it showed you could put in almost draconian restrictions and the public would comply and still give you incredibly high approval ratings. Stay safe over there!!

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: February 2, 2021

      I think people look what’s happening overseas and think in the long run it’s better to temporarily loose a few freedoms and extinguish the virus, don’t think in freedom loving USA they’d put up with our restrictions, that’s why the virus is everywhere there, Better to have cooperation. It’s only all these overseas arrivals that are bringing in the virus, I do wonder why they put them in the middle of cities, better isolated for a few weeks in a small town I would think.

      • By: The Navigator Posted: February 3, 2021

        I think the small town doesn’t work because you would have to bring EVERYTHING. You’d have to bring the hospital since you need a dedicated ward or negative pressure rooms for those who need hospital care. Even regional hospitals in a town of 100,000 would only have a couple negative pressure rooms. Plus most of the time all beds are full, so you couldn’t dedicate a ward. You’d need to bring security guards. And you’d need to bring somewhere for people to stay. Albury-Wodonga, the biggest city on the Hume between Sydney and Melbourne, did not have enough beds in town for the police officers during the latest border closure. With all the normal events going on, the motels didn’t have enough room, so they had to stay at the army barracks. So I just think the small town thing doesn’t work because there wouldn’t be the services and resources available that would be needed to do it. You’d have to bring it all from the city anyway. And glad to see you aren’t in an advice area for the fire!!

      • By: Rocky Posted: February 3, 2021

        I heartily agree with you about the cooperation! It’s great to have a new president that feels the same way.

  2. By: BobinVT Posted: February 2, 2021

    Well, you certainly have your share of hazards; pandemics, brushfires and cyclones. Hope you can stay safe from all three. Kudos to the people of your country for making the short-term sacrifices to keep the virus in check. I feel fortunate to live in a state here in the US where most people take the virus seriously, but even here we could do much better.

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: February 2, 2021

      In WA we’re told we go overboard in protecting our community with the virus. So far they haven’t found any more virus carriers after 10 000s of tests. Maybe its an overreaction but you never know.

  3. By: NancyG Posted: February 2, 2021

    What Bob said ?. You stay safe from all your hazards.

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: February 2, 2021

      So far so good. Fingers crossed

  4. By: gregblood Posted: February 2, 2021

    Good grief! How are the rest of us going to compete with hazards like that?

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: February 2, 2021

      I reckon a blizzard that lasted a month, bringing down power lines will guarantee Hazard glory for you.

  5. By: Bill Stone Posted: February 2, 2021

    Saw the Perth security guard story in the paper this morning and thought of you. Stay safe.

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: February 2, 2021

      It’s more just the inconvenience, in reality much more virus danger everywhere for you guys.

      The fires still raging, heading away from us though. The only thing that will stop it is the ocean most likely.

  6. By: Suzanne Posted: February 4, 2021

    That’s a lot of hazards happening at the same time… Stay safe!

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