Make Your Property Fire Safe This Fire Season

Written by: The Hilltops Phoenix

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Boorowa firefighters perform a scheduled burn off to keep our community safe.

Australia’s diverse climate and beautiful landscapes attract many homeowners and property investors.

The country’s hot and dry climate, combined with periodic bushfires and the risk of accidental fire, highlights the importance of prioritising fire safety, though.

By taking preventive measures and adopting responsible practices, property owners in the Hilltops region can significantly reduce the likelihood of the incidents and safeguard their valuable assets.

Here are a few key strategies and proactive steps for making your property fire safe.

Understand local regulations and fire ratings
Stay informed about local fire safety regulations and building codes specific to your region. Familiarise yourself with the requirements, including adequate fire alerts, evacuation plans and recommended fire danger ratings. Pay attention to the fire resistance standards for building materials and designs applicable to your property, too, especially in bushfire-prone areas where special provisions may be required.

Clear vegetation and create defensible space
One of the most crucial steps in fire prevention is maintianing a clean and clear property perimetre. Clearing dry leaves, dead vegetation, and other flammable debris near your buildings is essential. Create a defensible space by regularly trimming and removing overhanging branches, maintaining at least a 10-metre buffer between trees and structures to significantly reduce the risk of ignition during a bushfire or accidental fire.

Properly maintain gutters and downpipes
Clogged gutters and downpipes filled with dry leaves and debris can quickly become fuel for a fire. Regularly clean and maintain gutters, ensuring they are clear of flammable materials. Install a fire-resistant gutter guard to minimise the risk of ignition.

Maintain fire-safe landscaping
When choosing plants for landscaping, select species that are less prone to fire and maintain adequate spacing between them. Avoid highly flammable plants, particularly close to the house. Keeping lawns well-watered and trimmed can create an effective firebreak and reduce the spread of the fire in the event of an emergency.

Ensure proper fire suppression systems
Install reliable fire suppression systems, including smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and fire blankets, throughout your property. Regularly test and maintain these devices to ensure their effectiveness. Consider installing a fire sprinkler system for added protection, as well, particularly for larger properties.

Protecting your property from fire hazards is a responsibility that should not be overlooked by homeowners.

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