Bushfires cause damage in Australia every year. As more Australians build homes adjacent to bushland areas each year, the number of homes affected by the danger grows. It is important that you understand and know how to minimise the risk and where to get help from if you need it.
Statistics shows that a high number of homes are destroyed by ember attacks. This is where houses ignite and burn due to wind borne embers. They land in gutters or in piles of debris that piles up on verandas or in doorframes.
If people are well prepared they can save their home. Below are some tips on planning ahead. Ideally you should be on top of this before fire season but it is never too late to protect your home.
Other tips to remember:
Tips if you have pets:
There are some things you should always be doing to keep yourself safe from fire, but they are extra important during summer.
Windows – special safety windows can be installed into homes if you live in a bushfire prone area.
Smoke alarms – every home must have at least one smoke alarm on each level, make sure yours is working.
Appliances – switch off powerpoints when not is use. This can not only stop a fire from spreading but save you money on your energy bill.
Open Flames – never leave candles unattended and ensure cigarettes are completely put out before discarding.
Stove – never leave a hot stove unattended and double check all cooking appliances have been turned off after use.
Kitchen – remember that water does not extinguish oil or fat based fires, it can enhance them. Keep a fire blanket or extinguisher in the kitchen area.