Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Property Defence; Keeping Your Home Safe from Bushfires

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Property Defence; Keeping Your Home Safe from Bushfires

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Byline: Emma Sorensen

BUSHFIRES are a serious risk in many parts of Australia, particularly in the warmer months.

And as the devastation caused to lives and property in previous seasons shows, even the suburbs of our biggest cities are not immune.

If you live near the Aussie bush, it's vital you prepare for the possibility of bushfire.

Here are some tips to help you put your own strategy in place.

Prepare a bushfire survival plan.

It doesn't matter whether you're in the country, city or suburbs - if your home is in an area even remotely at risk of bushfire, you need to have a bushfire survival plan.

As the fire service says: planning to make a plan is not a plan.

It's best to check your bushfire survival plan and update it annually. Make sure all the family, tenants and any long-term guests know what to do if fire approaches.

Refer to emergency planning resources.

There are apps, guides and checklists for bushfire survival that you can download from your local fire service, state or council. Be sure to also stay in touch with the neighbours, and don't forget to include pets and livestock in your plans.

Make modifications to your home.

Even if your bushfire survival plan involves leaving your property, you should prepare your house and surrounds for bushfire as best you can. That way it'll have the best chance of weathering an approaching fire front.

Resisting an ember attack

According to the fire service, recent research indicates that ember attack (rather than direct or radiant heat) is one of the major causes of house fires during a bushfire.

Keeping your home as fire resistant as possible means paying close attention to areas that embers and sparks can enter and catch alight, places like decks, doors, windows, and roof.

So when you're designing, updating or renovating, think about these key areas and follow advice from your local council or bushfire experts. …

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