Tips for bushfire preparation
The majority of homes destroyed in bushfires are due to burning embers that can be blown up to 30km from a fire front, so it pays to be ready.
Having an up-to-date bushfire survival plan is essential, because when a fire is approaching, there is little time to make difficult decisions like when to leave, what to take and whether you will stay and defend.
Visit the fire service website for your state to familiarise yourself with the Fire Danger Rating system, make your bushfire survival plan and stay updated on the latest conditions.
In bushfire-prone areas, keeping your property maintained and equipped with fire prevention tools can reduce the risk of losing it.
While new houses that are built close to bushland are subject to strict regulations to give them a greater chance of withstanding a bushfire, older homes are more susceptible.
Inspect your property, looking for hazards that could cause a fire.
Flammable material such as firewood and petrol should not be stored within 20m of the property, lawns should be mowed short and leaves removed.
Trees and shrubs should be kept neat and compact, and spaced apart to help prevent fires from spreading.
Prune the lower limbs and remove bark and growth from the base of trees. Consider landscaping the yard, using paths and driveways to provide a firebreak.
Install sprinkler systems on lawns and in garden beds and avoid using timber sleepers for garden beds near the house.
Seal all gaps in walls including the underfloor area, under eaves, and around windows and doors.
Replace broken tiles and seal the roof around chimneys and vents.
If you have a dam or water tank, install a firefighting pump fitted with a long hose that can reach all the way around the house.
Don’t have a water tank? Here’s how to install one.