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Reduce bushfire damage with these 4 simple steps

Dec 1, 2019

Bush fire season is upon us and these simple precautions can save lives.

Having a solid bush fire safety plan is an absolute imperative across Australia, with some parts of the country currently suffering from catastrophic danger. Taking the following precautions will help you reduce the risk of bushfire to your business and help you remain safe as possible through this risky season:

 

1. Clear anything that can fuel a fire  

It’s much harder for a fire to spread if there aren’t as many combustibles in its path. That’s why it’s a good idea to:

  • Check all gutters, roofs and pipes are free of leaves each day
  • Reduce the risk of your garden setting alight by ensuring all grass is mowed, leaves are raked away and weeds are removed
  • You should also ensure garden beds are covered in a non-flammable material, or kept as moist as possible
  • Prune your bushes and trees and water any lawns (in abidance with water regulations)
  • Keep bins and wood scraps as far away from the property as possible, as rubbish can be highly flammable.

 

2. Install permanent safeguards

There are many simple and permanent things you can do to reduce the risk of a fire spreading. Some of these include:

  • Always keeping your gas cylinders far from any gardens, trees or combustible objects
  • Blocking off any points of the building that are at risk of letting embers in –some effective ways of doing this include installing fly screens on your windows and vents, or purchasing metal gutter guards
  • Replacing any wooden fences or wooden outdoor furniture with metal
  • Using stones instead of mulch in all your garden beds, as these are non-combustible.

 

3. Purchase fire equipment

Fire equipment, such as fire extinguishers and fire blankets, is probably the most effective way to stop fires from spreading. It acts as a first line of defence against any blaze and enables you to nip the fire in the bud before it wreaks havoc on your property.

Ensure you know which type of fire extinguisher to use & how to use your fire extinguisher properly to ensure you are fully prepared.

 

4. Do your emergency planning

Planning effectively for a catastrophe achieves far better results than not doing anything and hoping for the best. There are many ways you can plan for a fire emergency. These include:

Ready to improve your business’ safety in a bush fire? Fire Block Plans is here to help you and your team. Our highly-qualified experts will help find a suitable emergency evacuation plan, no matter how unique your requirements may be. Contact us today for more information.