Tips On How To Lower The Risk Of Bushfire Damage
Bushfires can wipe out your entire property and lead to loss of lives. However, bushfires are widespread in Australia hence the need to take crucial steps to avert property damage.
An excellent way to protect your property is to adhere to all the clauses in the BAL rating. BAL ratings usually dictate the best construction methods and materials to use to lower the risks associated with bushfires.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
Learn to prepare for bushfires before they strike. For example, you can set up firebreaks, clear the gutters, ensure you have a firm roof, install window screens or shutters, get rid of flammable items, place LPG gas vents away from your home and finally have an emergency number you can call to seek help.
Clear the area around your property
Make sure the area surrounding your house is devoid of plants and bushes. Bushes and shrubs catch fire quickly and can spread it to your home and damage your valuables. Consult an expert gardener on the best place to situate your garden.
Items such as firewood, timber, plant boxes and outdoor furniture catch fire quickly, consider placing them away from your premises. When the fire season approaches, clear out all the undergrowth such as grass and tree barks and dead leaves, such objects can spread flames quickly.
Prune all trees close to your apartment and keep your lawn well-trimmed. Your lawn should be regularly mowed to keep the grass shorter than 10 cm. It’s important to rake all dead leaves and cut grass after mowing.
Invest in equipment such as rakes, chainsaws and brush cutters that you’ll in the clearing exercise.
Storage safety tips
Avoid storing cardboard boxes or paper material in or around your house. Flammable liquids such as paints, thinners, kerosene, petrol and oils should not be kept in or close to your apartment. Such items are explosive and can make the fire difficult to contain. LPG gas valves ought to be located at a safe distance from your house.
Ensure you have a hosepipe that is long enough to access any part of your house. It is always wise to have a sufficient amount of water stores in your tanks, pool or a man-made dam. Water pumps are another must-have item. Sprinkler systems keep embers and flames at bay by moistening the area around your house.
Most people who perish in bushfires do so while trying to salvage their property. If the authorities raise the alarm to evacuate, do so immediately.
Have an elaborate evacuation plan and ensure all family members are aware of it. Keep all your valuable items in an accessible place. Household pets should also be within reach.
Before you rent any house ensure the landlord has adhered to all safety conditions before moving into the house.
Bushfire survival is a social issue, and all members should participate in making the community area safe. Finally, consider getting an insurance cover against loss through fire.