Reduce bushfire damage with these 4 simple steps
Having a solid bush fire safety plan is an absolute imperative across Australia, with some parts of the country currently suffering from catastrophic danger. Taking the following precautions will help you reduce the risk of bushfire to your business and help you remain safe as possible through this risky season:
1. Clear anything that can fuel a fire
It’s much harder for a fire to spread if there aren’t as many combustibles in its path. That’s why it’s a good idea to:
- Check all gutters, roofs and pipes are free of leaves each day
- Reduce the risk of your garden setting alight by ensuring all grass is mowed, leaves are raked away and weeds are removed
- You should also ensure garden beds are covered in a non-flammable material, or kept as moist as possible
- Prune your bushes and trees and water any lawns (in abidance with water regulations)
- Keep bins and wood scraps as far away from the property as possible, as rubbish can be highly flammable.
2. Install permanent safeguards
There are many simple and permanent things you can do to reduce the risk of a fire spreading. Some of these include:
- Always keeping your gas cylinders far from any gardens, trees or combustible objects
- Blocking off any points of the building that are at risk of letting embers in –some effective ways of doing this include installing fly screens on your windows and vents, or purchasing metal gutter guards
- Replacing any wooden fences or wooden outdoor furniture with metal
- Using stones instead of mulch in all your garden beds, as these are non-combustible.
3. Purchase fire equipment
Fire equipment, such as fire extinguishers and fire blankets, is probably the most effective way to stop fires from spreading. It acts as a first line of defence against any blaze and enables you to nip the fire in the bud before it wreaks havoc on your property.
4. Do your emergency planning
Planning effectively for a catastrophe achieves far better results than not doing anything and hoping for the best. There are many ways you can plan for a fire emergency. These include:
- Creating a written fire survival plan, and being certain everyone at the premises is across it. The RFS has put together a highly informative guide to creating this plan
- Create an emergency evacuation plan for your business. Click here if you’re not sure you can rely on your emergency evacuation plan
- Check out our guide to building a fire evacuation plan for a small business.