Whether you plan to leave early or stay and defend your home, your property will need to be prepared against bushfire threats. This is important for both your own safety, your family’s safety and your neighbours safety.
If you plan on leaving early, preparing your home will give it a greater chance of surviving flames and floating embers. If you plan on staying and defending your home, make sure your home is prepared well in advance. This will make your job easier and can reduce the amount of work you need to do to stop your house catching fire.
Taking measures to protect your home and preparing it for a bushfire will also put your neighbour’s home at less risk. Fires can quickly jump from one house to the next, so it is a good idea to encourage your neighbours to prepare their homes too.
In some cases a fire can threaten suddenly and you may not be able to get out in time. In these cases you need to take shelter in your home and if it is well prepared it will give you more protection.
-Replace any missing or damaged tiles
-Clear leaves from your roof and gutters and downpipes
-Fit your gutters with quality metal leaf guards
Information sourced from the NSW RFS Bush Fire Survival Plan.