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 safe forever. And if you do lose your photographs in a fire, they won’t be lost forever.
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.
Next to a window is best. Make sure there is no light reflection coming off the photograph.
Use a table next to the window or stick the photo on a wall.
Line up the corners of your photo with the corners of your camera’s viewfinder.
Make sure you are happy with the results. If not, delete and try again. Repeat steps 1 to 4 for all your precious photographs.
Upload your photos to a computer and save them in a folder. Then upload to Google Drive.
Members of the Terrey Hills RFS show us their most precious
photos and why it’s important to fireproof them.
I rescued this dog when he was two days old and I had him by my side for 12 years. I lost him a couple of months ago. This particular photo I keep close to the bedside on the favourite side where he used to sleep.
My photo is the only picture I have of my second daughter. It’s the one time my family was complete.
If there is a fire, I will be out in the field most likely and I won’t be there to protect my own home. So even if my house is lost due to fire, it’s just one less thing I need to worry about.
I was a mascot at Watford, which was my beloved football team in 1978. Watford still has a strong emotional attachment to me even though I’m living so far away.
© NSW RURAL FIRE SERVICE 2014