With summer approaching it also means bushfire season is on its way. You need
to make sure that your family know what to do in case of a bushfire near your
home as well as taking all the necessary precautions to protect your home.
As the wind can carry embers kilometres away from the actual fire, you need to
make sure you dispose of any debris around your home. Clear out any leaves and
foliage from the gutters, clear any outdoor furniture and remove doormats and
debris from balconies and the outdoor areas. Also check your hose for any leaks
because if a fire presents itself in your street, a hose with a leak will be no
help to you.
When a fire presents itself near your home you have two options. You can stay
with your home and try to protect it, that is until the fire becomes to close
and dangerous and the fire brigade advises you to evacuate or you can leave your
home early. If you choose to stay with your home you need to wear the
appropriate clothing. Wear long pants and a long sleeve top made of natural
fibres like cotton or wool. You also need gloves, goggles, a hat and a facemask
to protect yourself. Once you have all these, you will be prepared to hose down
your home and put out any spot fires embers may start.
You should even make an evacuation plan that you can practise with the kids so
you all know what to do in case of an emergency.
Make sure you pick up a copy of the Home Fire Safety Mitreplan from your nearest
Mitre 10 store or download a copy form the Mitre 10 website
and protect your family and home.