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Most fires happen inside homes and outbuildings and many bushfires are small and brought quickly under control.  So give some thought to fire prevention in and around your home.

Here are some ideas for you to think about: 

 Monthly  November
 
  • Check smoke alarm batteries
  • Check residual current devices
  • Tidy up outside the house, removing flammable material
  • Start up and run fire pump(s)
  • Check hose nozzles for blockages
  • Check water supply
 
  • It's wet now but the summer heat will soon be on us. Review your fire plan now and be ready in good time for summer.  If you don't have a fire plan... make one!
  • Set aside an hour or two for a good look at the CFA web site. There is a lot of useful material there and it is being updated constantly. You may want to change your fire plan in consequence, so leave time for that as well.  

 

 

 

  • Check your house and contents Insurance policy. It may need to be updated as well. 
    

Preserve Your Important Documents
If you are unfortunate enough to lose your home and/or property, you can make recovering from the setback easier by keeping important documents, such as title deeds, insurance policies, birth certificates and driver licences in a safe place. Most banks provide a document storage service for a small annual fee or invest in a fire proof document storage safe.

Filling Gutters
Filling your roof gutters with water is a useful technique for reducing the risk of burning embers taking hold in them during a bushfire event.  Blocking downpipes can be tricky. There are different types and sizes of plugs available at hardware stores yet they may not fit well enough.  A simple solution can be home-made with a plastic bag (eg. shopping bag or the transparent bags from the greengrocer), pieces of cotton or wool cloth - a shirt sleeve or old sock is ideal, string and sand.  Put the sand in the plastic bag and tie up, keeping it a bit loose.  Then put the plastic bag in the cloth cover and tie up with the string.  You now have a downpipe blocker that suits all shapes and sizes. The sand adjusts to the opening, the plastic bag stops water running through and the cloth stops the plastic getting torn.  You'll need to experiment to get the size and looseness just right - too large and it's hard to get them in the gutter, too small and they fall through!  Once you have the making sorted out you will discover they work extrememly well.  It's a good idea to try filling your gutters when there is no danger of fire just to see how long it takes. You'll be surprised how much volume of water gutters can hold!  Factor this time into your fire plan.

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