Summer in Australia brings more than sweltering conditions, crowded beaches and a never-ending craving for 7/11 slurpies. It also brings an increased risk of bushfires.
The hot, mostly dry climate that’s prevalent in Australia at this time of year make the landscape outside of our major cities the perfect breeding ground for fires that can quickly rage out of control.
Bushfires can be caused by lightning strikes, arcing from overhead power lines, arson, campfires, cigarettes and dropped matches, and even control burn escapes or malfunctioning machinery.
As such, being prepared come bushfire season is a must! Keeping your eye on fire warnings and not burning off in your backyard isn’t enough, you’ll also need to have a fire action plan, and will need to prepare your property for the very real threat of falling victim to a blazing bushfire.
These tips will help you protect yourself, your family, and your property in the event of a bushfire:
If a fire is approaching:
If you are advised to evacuate, and staying to protect your property will put your life at risk, follow the advice of your local authorities. If it is safe to stay, extinguish any spot fires as they appear and keep a vigilant watch, monitoring the fire’s conditions.
After the fire has passed:
The following resources will also help you prepare for bushfire season:
South Australia: http://www.cfs.sa.gov.au
New South Wales: http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/
Western Australia: http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx
Northern Territory: http://www.pfes.nt.gov.au/Fire-and-Rescue.aspx
Also, make sure you talk to Sydney Insurance Brokers in the lead up to bushfire season, so you can assure all of your physical assets are protected financially in the event of a bushfire.