Living in Australia, bushfires are an unfortunate and regular threat to our beautiful countryside. If you’re building or renovating in a bushfire-prone area, here are a few tips you may want to consider.
The level of risk for your property will depend on its proximity to the bush, and how close vegetation comes to the building. If you’re on a slope, your risk increases too as fire burns faster up hill.
If you are in a risky area, there are a few protective measures you need to take, in order to ensure your home is less susceptible to damage from bush fires. This includes any new homes being built and renovations in need of council approval.
First of all, you should check in with your local council to see if your property is in a ‘designated bushfire prone area.'
To prepare your home during bushfire season, cut back overhanging trees and shrubs, and clean up fallen leaves and twigs around your property and in the gutters. You should also ensure you have hoses long enough to reach around your house.
For more information and bushfire safe practices, your state’s rural fire service is a great source of information to keep you and your family protected.