Bushfires in Australia are frequent events that normally occur during the warmer months of the year due to our mostly hot, dry climate. In NSW, they tend to be most common and most serve during Summer and Autumn (Dec-Mar).
While there are elements of a bushfire that you cannot control, like the weather, planning and preparing for bushfire can dramatically increase the chances of your family and your home surviving.
If you live in a bushfire prone area, it is your responsibility to reduce the risk to your family and your home and take action to survive a fire.
Some steps that can be taken are:
- Clean your gutters of leaves and twigs
- Install metal gutter guards
- Repair damaged or missing tiles on the roof
- Install fine metal mesh screens on windows and doors
- Fit seals around doors and windows to eliminate gaps
- Enclose the areas under the house
- Repair or cover gaps in external walls
- Attach a fire sprinkler system to gutters
- Keep lawns short and gardens well maintained
- Cut back trees and shrubs overhanging buildings
- Clean up fallen leaves, twigs and debris around the property
- Have hoses long enough to reach around your house
- If you have a pool, tank or dam, put a Static Water Supply (SWS) sign on your property entrance, so firefighters know where they can get water
- Check and maintain adequate levels of home and contents insurance. Ensure it is up to date.
As stated in this article on theconvetsation.com – https://theconversation.com/which-homes-will-survive-this-bushfire-season-20072 – the single most effective hazard reduction is clearing native trees and shrubs within approx. 40mtrs of homes.
As you will find on the RFS NSW website there is a 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Rule that allows people in fire prone area to complete certain tree clearing works without council consent.
The rule allows people in a designated 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Entitlement Area to:
- Clear trees on their property within 10 metres of a home, without seeking approval; and
- Clear underlying vegetation such as shrubs (but not trees) on their property within 50 metres of a home, without seeking approval.
To check if you are in a bushfire prone area:
We are Arbor Tree Group are staffed with qualified Arborist whom have an understanding of the current council regulations especially when it comes to the 10/50 Zoning regulation and creating an asset protection zone.
We have all the equipment needed to get the works completed in a timely manner and have you prepared for the upcoming fire season. This is something that you don’t want to put off or leave to the last minute.
Other useful links that we recommend are:
https://www.ozbreed.com.au/articles/top-10-fire-retardant-plants-by-state/ – for plants that take longer to ignite by fire