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Protecting Your Home from Bush Fires

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Bush fire season is well and truly here, and protecting your home and family is likely at the forefront of your mind. We all know that it is important to have a bush fire plan, and to leave your home in a timely fashion if necessary. But what can you do to minimise the risk that bush fires will damage or destroy your home?

Don't let this happen to your home this bush fire season.Bush Fire Preventative Maintenance

There are many things you can do to prepare your home to withstand deadly burning embers – these can destroy your home in a bush fire. According to the NSW Rural Fire Service embers can cause fires many kilometres ahead of the main fire and can begin to fall an hour before the fire arrives at your home. You are at risk even if you are a few streets back from the bush, so it is important to make sure that your home is properly prepared to withstand ember attack.

The RFS suggests you consider:

  • installing metal gutter guards
  • repairing damaged or missing tiles on your roof
  • installing fine metal mesh screens on windows and doors
  • fitting seals around doors and windows to eliminate gaps
  • enclosing the areas under the house
  • repairing or cover gaps in external walls
  • attaching a fire sprinkler system to gutters.

Things to do Around Your Garden

The NSW Rural Fire Service has a general list of garden maintenance you can undertake to help protect your property, including:

  • keeping lawns short and gardens well maintained
  • cutting back trees and shrubs overhanging buildings
  • cleaning up fallen leaves, twigs and debris around the property
  • having hoses long enough to reach around your house
  • if you have a pool, tank or dam, putting a Static Water Supply (SWS) sign on your property entrance
  • checking that your insurance is adequate and up to date
  • completing your Bush Fire Survival Plan (available at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au).

Cleaning out leaves from gutters can help protect your home.When a bush fire looms there are many factors you can’t control, including the weather, but the above measures are things you can control. Check out Build Local’s directory listings for handymen if you need help in the garden or with other maintenance tasks in preparation for this year’s bush fire season.

If you would like a quote to install metal fire resistant gutter guard to your home, you should contact a company who specialise in this type of leaf guard system. If you need to find a local business to assist you call us on 02 49366732.

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December 19, 2014 |

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