Heatwave fire tips (and giveaway)
I realise that (if you are an Aussie) the fact that we are currently experiencing a bit of a heatwave is not news to you.
For the rest of those visiting… it’s HOT baby.
Most of Oz is going to get very close (or over) the 40C mark and with not much rain for the last couple of months, fire danger is at an all-time high in many areas.
To help get everyone in the right frame of mind, and keep our most precious things safe and smiling in this heat…
I thought I’d share some tips on keeping your home fire-safe during this danger persiod, and also spice things up with a special giveaway.
The following FIRE PREVENTION TIPS are all common-sense things but it always pays to double-check these basic things are in place.
- Consider the placement of garden beds, trees and other flammable objects. You should aim to keep the area around your house and other structures free of plants that can easily catch fire and then ignite the buildings.
- Dense shrubs should be kept away from a house, especially windows. If these burn closely, they can cause windows to crack and embers can then enter the house. A hedge trimmer is useful for this task.
- Objects such as timber patio furniture and plant boxes burn quickly; store these away from the house.
- Many people believe that trees are the major threat during a bushfire; however, the fire front is carried by the undergrowth including grasses, leaf litter and shrubs. Make sure you clear out accumulated debris such as loose flaky bark, dead twigs, leaves or needles commonly found in gutters and roof areas, but also your wider backyard. Clear fallen leaves, grass trimmings and other debris around the property.
- Fine fuels that continue from the ground to the tree crown are known as ladder fuels because they help the fire climb up into the tree tops. To limit this happening, take note of what is growing under the trees and consider how easily fire might be able to climb upwards, and remove or chop back accordingly.
- Keep grass mowed to less than 10cm as fire can travel quickly through long grass. Regular mowing, weeding and raking are important to remove potential fuel.
- Use pebbles or rocks in your garden, not mulch, which is highly flammable.
- Keep wood piles away from the house, as embers can easily ignite these.
- Store flammable liquids away from the house. If possible, store in flame proof containers.
Here is the list as a printable page: BB of Oz Fire Prevention Tips from Stihl
To keep it interesting and informative here, I thought I’d do a relevent giveaway – Stihl have kindly offered some items for my readers…
and some Fleur McDonald stubbie coolers and bookmarks!
To win, simply share the hottest experience of your life in the comments section. I will select winner/s randomly tomorrow noon (Oz time). Enter as many times as you like.
If you have your own fire safety tip, feel free to add that too!!
Cheers and please stay safe,
GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED – BUT FEEL FREE TO KEEP COMMENTING!!!
Loving your stories…
NB2: I have to say, we have pretty much ALL these things in place here at Granite Glen. We have a minimum of trees close to the house and VERY large lawn which I keep as green as I dare to provide a barrier for any fire headed our way.
*Please note, Violet is not drinking beer in this photo! We re-use Mr I’s Grolsch stubbies for cold water – they are such great little bottles it’s a shame to waste them.