ARE YOU BUSHFIRE READY?
As you no doubt have noticed the days are finally heating up, but it’s not all good news as, due to us having a crazy winter with a much higher rain fall than usual. We are expected to have a hot and long summer. This may sound good after a long and dreadful winter, but like everything heat related can come with consequences.
Many good and bad things come along with summer, but there’s one thing in particular that us at Curtis Electrical would like to make sure you’re prepared for, is BUSHFIRES! As our team have a lot of experience dealing with bushfires and the devastation they leave behind, we ask you all to make sure that you are prepared for the worst scenarios.
I’m sure that it’s in your best interest to keep yourself, your family and your house safe in a time of need. We advise that before summer hits, if you have a generator make sure they are operating correctly, also check that the change over switches are working correctly so you’re ready in case of power outage. Also check to see if your evaporative air conditioning pumps are working correctly, make sure that leaves and debris is cleaned away from outdoor split systems, also make sure any electric or motor driven pumps that may be used to defend are in good working order and have been tested prior to a situation. If any of these do not work it’d be in your best interest to get in contact with your local electrical company, pump dealer/repairer or air conditioning service centre as soon as possible and have the issues looked at and rectified.
On a general note on how to be bushfire ready, it’s always a good idea to make sure that your home is free from long grass so mow your lawns quite frequently, clean flammable undergrowth from your property, Prune over hanging branches from your house and make sure everything that can burn is moved. It’s also a good idea to make sure that your gutters are free from leaves and debris.
The main problem that affects families the most when a bushfire evacuation occurs tends to be them not having an evacuation procedure. If you’re planning to leave the house it’ll be in your best interest to make sure you close all doors and windows, fill sinks and baths with water and make sure all outdoor furniture is moved away from the house. Make sure you pack food, water and any other essential items. Turn off any gas supply that leads to the house, also make sure that you have more than one route to get to your further destination in case the one you’ve chosen to follow has been cut off.
If you are planning to stay and defend your home, fire agencies say defending your home requires at least two able bodied, fit and determined adults. Both adults need to be both physically and mentally prepared to work in though conditions. Make sure that you realise fires which are in the code red are difficult to defend, even if you feel as though you’re well prepared. It is recommended that you have 10,000 litres of water for firefighting purposes as well as a firefighting pump and hoses. It’s highly suggested that you also make sure you have other equipment including a water sprayer, bucket, mop, shovel, torch and battery-powered radio. Lastly it’s suggested that you have suitable clothing as radiating heat is the biggest killer in a fire.
For more advice and information on bush fire readiness please click on the
WA Bush Fire Ready link to visit their website.