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How To Fire Proof Your Home

A bush fire’s best friends are long grass, and  dead trees and leaves. Charlie Albone shares his expert advice on how we can all fire proof our home!

If one of your neighbours’ properties looks like the video above, then your home is quite probably in a high risk fire area and you should take precautions to minimise potential damage. Follow these tips and ensure your home is ready for bush fires:

  1. Mowing, clearing and removing this dry material from your garden are your first and most important steps.

  2. Enclosing under decks will reduce the risk of sparks and embers getting under, and if not enclosed, keep these areas free of debri too, especially during summer.

  3. Remove any lower brances to stop fire spreading vertically. And cut back anything that goes over the roof and clean out the gutters. Sounds basic but they are tasks which are often neglected.

  4. In some rural areas, it’s now compulsory to have water tanks specifically for fire defence. Even if it’s not compulsory in your region, if you are in a high risk zone, it’s worth considering.

  5. Store petrol and chemicals away from the house securely in an enclosed shed. No need add any more fuel to the fire.

    To find out if you live in a bush fire prone area, and how high your level of risk is, contact your local council and ask to view your local bush fire prone land map.

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