Australia has started 2016 under the threat of extensive and widespread bush fires. While summer is almost over, extreme conditions in some parts of Australia has increased the threat for potential damage and injuries that should keep local residents watchful. Local residents are advised to follow local fire safety regulations to reduce the impact of these events. Homeowners should evaluate all local laws and tips for Fire Safety for your Home at this time.
The Real Threat of Bush Fires
Due to drier conditions, the risk of fires remains for many areas around Australia. Some parts of Australia are experiencing higher than usual temperatures. Other areas are experiencing low rainfall and drought conditions. These conditions were produced by the El Nino Effect which has affected the Southern Hemisphere in 2016. These conditions contribute to increased chance of Bush Fires.
Strong winds could attribute to further spread of bush fires. The speed of these winds could give the fires the force needed to travel into more widespread areas. Homeowners should remain aware of areas affected by the bush fires and create evacuation plans in the event that their area becomes involved in these events.
What Can Residents Do to Reduce Their Risks?
Homeowners should eliminate all materials on their property’s exterior that could catch fire. This includes trash, wood, and combustibles. They should also take precautions for the potential of embers to gain access to their property. They should begin by sealing off prime areas such as vents. They should also close windows tightly.
They should trim away all dry grass or landscaping. These materials could become engulfed in flames quickly and lead to more extensive fires. They should also use flame retardant chemicals to treat their property and fixtures located nearby. They must follow Bush Fire Safety strategies as issued by local authorities.
It is also advisable for homeowners and business owners to have Fire Safety Equipment in place in case of an emergency. This could include fire hoses, fire extinguishers, fire blankets and other protection equipment. These items are essential when it comes to fire safety and should not be overlooked.
Australian homeowners should follow all safety guidelines. Conditions are likely to lead to more bushfires this summer in Australia. Homeowners who have questions about Fire Safety in Australia should contact FCF Fire and Electrical to find out more today.