FireSmart Tips

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MYTH:  A house can explode if it catches on fire!

FACT:  Houses do not just explode, it’s what you have stored under your home that may explode.  You should consider what flammable and explosive items you have around/under your home and where you should safety store them to reduce the risk to your home.  Click here to find out more on protecting your home!

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Talk with your insurance provider about wildfire damage and loss insurance.  Ensure your insurance is adequate and up to date!

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Embers can get into homes easily through vents and other openings and burn your home from the inside out.  Walk around your house and see what openings you should install screens on!

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MYTH:  If I know the back streets in my suburb or town well, it will be ok for me to leave at the very last minute.

FACT: Smoke from a fire can limit visibility and you may become confused or disoriented.  Power lines and fallen trees on roads may be hard to see making driving dangerous.  It is always better to leave early before the fire arrives.

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Don’t just FireSmart your house – use the same FireSmart principles for your sheds and outbuildings that are less than 10 metres from your home.

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MYTH:  I’ll be fine; the forest is a few streets away.

FACT:  Most houses are burnt in wildfires because of ember attacks.  Embers can cause fires many kilometres in from the main fire.  You need to ensure that your home is properly prepared to withstand ember attacks.

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Creating a family communication plan is a great idea to ensure your family is prepared in the event of an evacuation.

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