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Risk Assessment

it is crucial to assess the risk to your home or property and take action in order to prevent it.

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Australia is an incredible place to live and own property but unfortunately, bushfires have been and will continue to be a large threat to the country’s environment, animals, people, businesses and communities.

If you own or are purchasing property in Australia, it is essential to consider whether you’re at risk in the case of a bushfire and what actions you can take to ensure that your family and your greatest assets are protected.

There are four basic procedures to Bushfire Protection:

  • Remove excess combustible fuel load from around the property (No fuel, no risk)

  • Keep the areas that are at risk around the property well maintained during the fire season

  • Install a water supply separate from the mains, combined with the installation of a fuel driven fire fighting pump and fire hose or similar

  • Installation of a bushfire protection sprinkler system

Assessing the risk to your property

When assessing the risk to your property and surrounding areas, always bare in mind that no two properties are alike.

Here are some of the things that you may need to address or assess to help evaluate the bushfire risk to your property and the potential for disastrous results:

  • Is there a natural path for the bushfire to approach? E.g. sloping hills, valleys, trees, scrub and bushland. These conditions can assist in creating high winds, increased radiant heat and fast moving fire fronts

  • Evaluate the house location in relation to the above
    Is the home at the top or bottom of the valley or slope or near trees?

  • Different locations create different risks

Unsuspected items that may help a bushfire set your Home on Fire

  • Risks such as woodpiles, hay sheds, fuel storage or gas bottles

  • Is there a potential of your home catching alight due to dry timber fascias, open eaves and gables, dirty gutters or even outside furniture, door mats and maybe the dog’s kennel?

  • Is there a risk of radiant heat affecting plate glass?

  • Do you have a house on raised posts where the radiant heat or fire can get under the home?

  • Have you got overhanging verandahs able to catch and retain the radiant heat, therefore, introducing another risk? (Verandahs act like sails and hold the hot air and radiant heat against the walls and windows)

  • Do you have dry pergolas surrounding the house?

  • Do you have plastic roof sheeting or skylights that can melt and burn, giving off toxic fumes?

  • Do you have air conditioners that can catch the sparks?