Put your photos in a safe place this fire season
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PHOTOS need a fire plan too

Losing everything you have in a bushfire is devastating. For the victims of these tragedies, one possession stands out as the most heartbreaking to lose. Photographs. These precious memories collected over a lifetime are irreplaceable. Once lost, they are lost forever.

This year we want to educate all Australians on how they can protect their photographs, particularly the printed ones that pre-date digital cameras. By uploading your photos online they will be safe forever. And if you do lose your photographs in a fire, you will be able to retrieve them quickly.

Losing everything you have in a bushfire is devastating, especially for victims who lose their precious photographs. This year we want to educate all Australians on how they can protect their photographs, particularly the printed ones that pre-date digital cameras. By uploading your photos online they will be safe forever. And if you do lose your photographs in a fire, you will be able to retrieve them quickly.

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Five steps to fireproof your photos

Using your digital camera or smartphone, follow these easy steps for all your precious photos. This process does take a little bit of time, and you may need the help of a friend or family member who is good with computers.

01Find natural light and turn off your camera flash

Find natural light and
turn off your camera flash

Next to a window is best. Make sure there is no light reflection coming off the photograph.

02Place photo on a flat surface

Place photo on
a flat surface

Use a table next to the window or stick the photo on a wall.

03Hold camera straight and close until the photo ills the screen

Hold camera straight
and close until the photo
fills the screen

Line up the corners of your photo with the corners of your camera’s viewfinder.

04Click and check

Click and check

Make sure you are happy with the results. If not, delete and try again. Repeat steps 1 to 4 for all your precious photographs.

05Upload to a computer and<br>save to Google Drive

Upload to a computer and
save to Google Drive

Upload your photos to a computer and save them in a folder. Then upload to Google Drive.

How to use Google Drive
 

Please share with anyone who lives in a bushfire-prone area.

Other resources

Fire plan

Make a bushfire survival plan

Learn everything you need to know about how to prepare yourself this fire season.

Fire rating

Are you at risk?

Find out if you’re in a fire prone area.

Google Drive

Create your Google Drive account

Set up your account and start fireproofing your precious photos.