In many parts of Australia, the promise of summer has a darker, more dangerous side. Bushfires are hitting places they’ve never struck before, causing widespread damage and devastation.
Australians living in or near bushfire-prone areas need to take the responsible steps to reduce the danger to their family, home and neighbours during bushfire season.
1. Maintain garden areas
Much of the damage caused by bushfires comes as a result of poor maintenance to the garden areas. After all, trees and plant matter is fuel for fires. There are simple steps you can take to manage this: take the time to remove the build-up of dead branches and debris; prune plants on a regular basis; and trim low-lying branches. You should also keep your outdoor areas free from any flammable materials, such as grass clippings and garden cuttings, crates, woodpiles, etc.
2. Think before you plant
Careful planning of your garden area can help protect your property. Choose trees and shrubs with a lower oil content that won’t burn as easily, and plant trees at a considerable distance from the property, so you don’t have branches hanging over the roof, dropping leaves in the gutters. Leaves can quickly ignite during a bushfire.
3. Make small adjustments to your home
Investing time in a few small but necessary adjustments to your home can make a big difference come bushfire season. For example, replace plastic fly screens with metal screens, seal any gaps in external roof and wall cladding and enclose open areas under your decks and floors.
4. Invest in peace of mind
There are a few important items that can help provide peace of mind and protection in a bushfire situation. A power generator can help provide electricity and water in the event that they are cut off during a bushfire. Check out the Domestic Range at My Generator for a suitable backup generator for your home. You should also have a good quality torch, radio and fire resistant safe or cabinet for valuables and documents.
5. Prepare your family
Make sure you have a plan and that everyone knows it. Everybody, from the oldest to the youngest family member, should know where the community evacuation area is.