Are you prepared? According to our fire authorities, a well-prepared home is more likely to survive a bushfire.
The NSW Rural Fire Service says "Even if your plan is to leave early, the more you prepare your home, the more likely it will survive a bush fire or ember attack. A well prepared home can also be easier for you or firefighters to defend, and is less likely to put your neighbours' homes at risk. A well prepared home will also give you more protection if a fire threatens suddenly and you cannot leave."
Here are some basic maintenance tips to help prepare your property:
- Clear your gutters of leaves, debris, sticks and twigs
- If possible, install metal gutter guards to stop your gutters from blocking
- Clean up all fallen leaves, twigs and debris around your property
- Attach a fire sprinkler system to your gutters
- Repair any damaged or missing tiles on the roof
- Enclose areas under the house
- Repair or cover gaps in external walls
- Install fine metal mesh screens on windows and doors
- Fit seals around doors and windows to eliminate gaps
- Keep your lawns short and gardens well maintained
- Cut back trees and shrubs that overhang buildings
- Have hoses that are long enough to reach around your house
- If you have a pool, tank or dam, put a Static Water Supply (SWS) sign on your property entrance, so firefighters know where they can get water. To learn more about SWS and how your static water supply could assist in a bushfire emergency, contact your local state/territory fire service.
For more information on preparing your home and property for a bushfire, refer to your local country or rural bushfire service.
REMEMBER! In an emergency, always dial triple zero (000)
NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
VIC Country Fire Authority (CFA) www.cfa.vic.gov.au
QLD Rural Fire Service (RFS) www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au
SA Country Fire Service (CFS) www.cfs.sa.gov.au
TAS Fire Service (TFS) www.fire.tas.gov.au
WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) www.dfes.wa.gov.au
NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services (NTPFES) www.pfes.nt.gov.au
Please note: Bushfire safety information that is provided on our website has been sourced from various sources, including Australian state and federal government departments and emergency services, including state/territory country and rural fire service websites and publications.
Bushfire safety information provided on this website is to be used as a general guide only and we encourage you to refer to your local state/territory emergency and bushfire services for the most accurate, up to date and applicable advice for your local area.