1 December 2017
This article is intended as a general guide only. You should consult your state fire and emergency services for further information.
When it comes to protecting your home and family from bushfire, preparation is absolutely essential. And preparation starts outside your home with your garden layout. Avoid having plants close to your house and instead, reduce vegetation so there is a gap between your home, sheds or garages and shrubs or trees. Keep trees well-spaced, pruned, and your property clear of organic litter like loose leaves and grass cuttings during fire season. Consider constructing a stone wall, earth barrier or fence around the house as a heat shield if you live in a particularly bushfire prone area.
Bushfire preparation maintenance checklist
Pre-pack for an emergency
All state based emergency services advise having an emergency survival kit packed before bushfire season begins. Essentials include:
This is also the time to pack any sentimental items so that they can be easily found and taken with you if you have to leave quickly. Put the kit in an accessible location the whole family knows about.
Have an evacuation plan in place
Draw up an evacuation plan for family and pets that designates an assembly point, responsibilities, and transport. Not everyone responds calmly in a crisis, so regular practice of the evacuation drill with the whole family is important preparation.
If you need assistance devising an evacuation plan, Country Fire Authorities has this helpful bushfire action plan template.
Invest in your safety
If you live in a bushfire-prone area, the Country Fire Service guidelines recommend these additions to your home:
Remember, preparing for a bushfire can save you, your family, your property and your livelihood. Check your insurance covers you for all bushfire eventualities including rebuilding, smoke and water damage, and vehicle loss or damage.
Talk to your local Agent today.