It’s a fact. If you and your family home are well prepared, you stand a better chance of surviving a bushfire. Join with everyone else in ensuring that your home and family are protected by following the four simple steps to getting ready for a bushfire.
By taking 20 minutes with your family to discuss what you’ll do during a fire, you could save their lives, as well as your home.
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Four simple steps to being bushfire ready
Decide to stay, but not prepared
Take this time to discuss your plan with your whole household and ensure you have all of the Equipment Checklist items as listed below. If you don’t, you are not prepared to tackle a major fire. Ensure you all understand your role and what to do. Run through the plan in simulation to check how effective it is. Please familiarise yourself’s with the Action Checklist below and be ready to complete these tasks.
Firefighting equipment you will need
Before the fire has arrived
As the fire is upon you
Trim and mow
Trim overhanging trees and shrubs that are very close to you house. Mow grass and remove the cuttings and if possible clear an area of 6 metres around your home.
Remove all flammable materials that can burn from around your house. (e.g. doors mats, fire wood piles, leaves, paint, fuel, decking furniture, portable gas bottles etc…)
To prevent embers setting alight to your roofing cavity, clear and remove debris and leaves from gutters on your home.
A study hose or hoses that will reach all around your home. A reliable water source and pumping system and/or sprinkler system.