Is your house and garden prepared for the summer season? Do you know how to prepare your house for a bushfire (wildfire)?
Summer comes around every year, and with it comes the constant threat of bushfire, or wildfire as it is often called. Even if you live well away from bushland, the fire risk is still very real – fires can still spread from grassland to one garden, and then another in no time at all. So it becomes the responsibility of every home owner/occupier to prepare for the hot weather and to make the surrounding garden area as safe as possible. Every person needs to know how to protect their house from bushfires (wildfires) at all times.
Thankfully, there are some simple things we can do to protect our homes and family from any fire risk, and many of these things start after the winter growing season and will continue all year.
These things include:
- plan a landscaped garden before summer arrives with tidy lawns that are cut regularly, vegetable gardens, wide pathways, and cement driveway that will reduce any opportunity for fire to spread, and act as a fire break should it come.
- as warm weather approaches, identify fire risk hazards around your home. This might be a wooden fence or verandah decking, some outdoor furniture, an old shed, or even a wooden boat on its trailer. Anything that can burn needs to be identified as a possible hazard and steps taken to either remove it, replace it, or relocate it in the event of fire.
- check your garden hoses. Do they work? Are they long enough to reach all areas of the garden. Are they perished or do they leak? The cost of a new hose is far cheaper than that of a new house.
- remove available fuel. If a burning ember was to jump across your property line, would it find a ready source of fuel in dried wooden planks lying alongside the shed, a pile of dried grass cuttings to be used as mulch, or long dried grass that is waiting to be cut back? All of these should be removed as the warmer weather approaches.
- check your gutters. Oftentimes we forget to look up and see the collection of dead leaves and twigs in our gutters that have been deposited there over the winter. Now is the time to clean them out and keep them cleaned throughout the year.
- cut back overhanging trees and bushes. Whether they are over the house, shed or fence, they can all be the cause of fire spreading if burning embers use them to travel between properties. Either trim them back or get in a professional to tidy them all up for you (check you have the legal authority first before taking a saw to anything though).
- check the house surrounds and determine if you have a safe distance between anything which might burn and your house. If any trees, bushes or other removable structures are too close, you might want to get advice on having them removed to keep some space between any possible fire and the house.
- have a plan to evacuate. All families, regardless of their location should have an evacuation plan for their family. Whether that be to escape a burning house, or to leave the property, those who have survived bushfires tell us they were able to do so because they had a plan and they followed it on the day.
- if you decide to stay in the event of a fire, then ensure you have adequate and suitable fire-fighting equipment that will do the job and not melt. Metal buckets, mop, long-handled rakes and shovels, long cotton trousers, long-sleeved cotton shirt, goggles, face mask, gloves, hat, boots and a first aid kit are probably all going to be needed. However, the best and safest plan is always to have a plan to evacuate while you have time.
- get hold of a professionally written Bushfire Survival Manual, and read it thoroughly before it is needed. An hour of reading now could save your life.
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