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.