Summer in Australia. For many of us this means beaches, swimming and fun in the sun. But the fact is it’s getting hotter. Bushfires are happening more often, and causing more damage – particularly in bushland areas. Keeping your family safe, and your home and business insured, has never been more important. That’s why it’s worth checking out these facts and tips to make sure you’re bushfire ready this summer.

Give me the main points

  • Rising temperatures means the risks of bushfires are even greater.
  • Your home and business contents should be properly insured.
  • There are easy and practical ways to help keep your family and home safe.

What you need to know

It’s getting hotter

The Climate Institute Organisation of Australia has found that the country’s most severe fires have happened after 1990. With temperatures rising every year, the threats of bushfires are greater than ever.

We can learn from the past

We’ve all seen the devastation bushfires have caused in the past, with many people not properly insured, leaving them out of pocket, or with nothing left to their names.

Insurance is important

Is your home and business insurance up to date and adequate? Bushfires can strike any time and cause a lot of damage, but being properly insured means you’re covered. So give yourself peace of mind and double-check that your policy offers you the right cover.

What can I do to stay safe?

Don’t forget – in the event of a bushfire, yours and your family’s safety is what matters most. Check out these handy tips on how you can plan, prepare and keep safe this summer.

De-clutter your home and garden

Make sure your gutters and downpipes aren’t clogged up, your lawns are trimmed, and any long or dense scrub is cut short. Flammable materials like petrol, chemicals, and woodpiles should be kept at least 20 metres away from the house.

Install safety measures

Beat the heat with preventative installations. Putting sarking in your roof helps repel burning embers and bushfire heat. The same goes for bushfire-screened windows and shutters. It’s also a good idea to install metal doors.

Make a plan

Prepare a bushfire survival plan and make sure the whole family is on board. You should also have a first aid kit and protective clothing on hand. And remember, bushfires are unpredictable, so having a back-up plan is just as important.

Important information

The information about insurance has been prepared without taking into account any particular person's objectives, financial situation or needs. Before deciding to take out insurance, interested persons should consider the appropriateness of this information having regard to their personal objectives, financial situation or needs.

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