bushfire protection

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The recent bush fire devastation in the Blue Mountains and other parts of NSW saw many homes lost quickly from the sheer speed and ferocity of the fire.

Still, many homes were spared as some residents had time to prepare and protect their home for the coming of the fire before being evacuated.

If  a bush fire threatens your home cleaning out gutters and filling them with water is one of the first of many steps to protect your home. Having a good gutter system installed will make it easier to clean and prepare for evacuation.

Here is a list of a few other things to check-off before evacuation.

1. Checklist to protect your home before evacuation

  • Clean leaves from gutters and stuff damp towels at the base of your downpipes. fill your gutters with water.
  • Keep woodpiles and other flammable materials well away from the house and covered
  • Cut your lawn short and clear it of sticks and leaf matter.
  • Consider purchasing a portable pump to use from your swimming pool or water tank
  • Turn off gas and power
  • Close all doors and windows and block gaps with wet towels or blankets
  • Move furniture away from windows and take down curtains
  • Make sure you tell your neighbours/authorities where you are going once evacuated

To take with you

Pack a bag of clothes and get together important documents and keepsakes. If you live in a bushfire prone area, it’s a good idea to have the following items stored together so you can grab them quickly along with the household items that are most dear to you.

  • A portable battery radio, torch and spare batteries; water containers, dried or canned food and a can opener;
  • Matches, fuel lamp, portable stove, cooking gear, eating utensils; and
  • A first aid kit and manual, masking tape for windows and waterproof bags.

If you are choosing to stay and protect your home

  • Wear protective clothing such as enclosed shoes, wool or cotton full-length clothing, a hat and gloves.
  • Close all windows and doors.
  • Have eye and breathing protection handy.
  • Ensure all family members and pets have enough water.
  • Do not under any circumstances leave the house while the flame front moves through, if you decide to stay, you decide to stay.

5. After the fire

  • Go outside and extinguish any spot fires in gutters etc. It is important to be aware of these as they can continue to pop up for days after the fire front has been through.
  • Beware of any electric power lines that may have dropped on the ground.
  • If the fire zone is too unsafe to return to make sure it is secure from looters etc.

If you are after more information on how to prepare your gutters when trying to protect your home from bushfire, please, contact us.

 

Written by Heidi Cridland