1. Make your Ignition Mission list
Here is a simple task that will save you precious time in a bushfire.
Make a list of trouble spots around your home.
These are the places that could trap combustible debris - every home has them.
You will need to check them before, during and after a fire to ensure burning embers can't get a hold.
You will thank yourself because:
- you can easily monitor them on a regular basis (eg. a yard chore list);
- you can refer to it on the day of a fire;
- if you decide to stay and defend your home this list could help you focus and stay calm; and
- it gives you a reminder for places to check after a fire front passes.
HINT: Common ignition trouble spots are: the join in the corner of your roof or gable, behind water tanks, the carport, under the deck, and corner nooks.
Make sure access to your roof cavity and under the house are always kept clear and that ladders are kept handy to reach them.
The weekly check: Give your list pride of place in your home, and check your trouble spots weekly during Bush Fire Season, especially after high winds.
How's the serenity...
2. Home Evaluation Checklist
This the list to beat all other lists. From landscaping ideas to suggestions for simple home additions, tick off just a few of these and you'll have a safer nest. Copy it and make it yours!
TIP: If you are not able to do these things yourself or don’t have anyone to help you, you may be able to get help from the AIDER Program.
3. Insurance is not a dirty word
Tradie advice: Don't get caught being under insured. Australian's are under-insured compared to other nations. But chat to anyone who has lost their home and they will tell you there is no price that can be put on a quick recovery from a disaster.
4. Got a rental?
Whether you're a landlord or tenant, safety is the main concern and is the responsibility of both parties. Find out more, including some legal advice from Blue Mountains Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service.