Are You Prepared for Bushfire Season?

Journal,  Buyers and sellers,

In the last 12 months, Queensland’s bushfire season challenged conventional assumptions, showing us what damage mega-fires can do, how dangerous they can be for our communities and firefighters, and that bushfire doesn’t just affect those located in rural areas.

There’s no denying it’s been a trying year. 2020 began with an unprecedented bushfire season which was unusually intense for many parts of Australia. The season began earlier than other years and was made worse by exceptionally dry conditions.

By March 2020, hundreds of enormous bushfires led to the destruction of approximately 46 million acres of land and numerous deaths. Billions of animals were affected by this catastrophic bushfire season – pushing some species to the brink of extinction. Even if not directly affected by bushfire throughout this time, the air quality dropped to hazardous levels in some of the southern and eastern states.

COVID-19 followed closely behind what’s now known as the ‘Black Summer’ and affected every Australian in one way or another. So, as we hurtle towards the end of 2020, we are now well and truly amidst another Australian bushfire season.

Although you may not live near bushland, we have all now seen how bushfires can be prominent in areas once thought to be safe, including properties close to long grass or coastal scrub. You could also find yourself suddenly affected by bushfire whilst holidaying in unfamiliar areas or travelling for work. It’s now more important than ever to be prepared for the possibility of bushfire.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) have created a handy link where you can check your postcode to see if you’re living in or travelling to a bushfire hotspot. To ensure the highest level of protection, the Queensland Government recommend you and your family discuss what actions you will take if a bushfire is nearby, as well as implementing a Bushfire Survival Plan. It’s good practice to write down the plan and have it in an easily accessible place if required. Elements to include in your Bushfire Survival Plan include items to take with you if you need to leave your property, where you will go, what route you will take and who you need to keep informed of your movements. Once your plan is prepared, it’s good practice to share this with family or friends so they know where to locate you in the event of fire.

Apart from a Bushfire Survival Plan, another important risk mitigation measure is to ensure your property is prepared by cleaning gutters, reducing vegetation and branches near and around the home, and closing gaps in flooring. Another key piece of advice passed on by the Queensland Government is to make sure you know the daily Fire Danger Rating (FDR), especially during the summer months, by tuning into local radio stations or QFES social media channels. The FDR is an early indicator of danger – the higher the FDR, the more inclined you should be to act, and the rating ranges from ‘low-moderate’ where there’s little danger to life or property, all the way to ‘catastrophic’, where evacuation is the only option.

Whilst it’s imperative to ensure you and your family have a Bushfire Survival Plan and your property is prepared for Australia’s harsh bushfire season, it’s also prudent to ensure your property has working smoke alarms, which are compliant to current legislation, to alert you to a house fire. Smoke Alarm Solutions is proud to be the leading provider of smoke alarm maintenance and compliance services in Australia and a proud Gold Corporate Partner of the REIQ. Providing comprehensive risk-mitigation solutions across Queensland’s real estate industry, they are working closely with landlords and home owners to ensure they adhere to their legislative responsibilities, property managers meet their duty of care and tenants are safe from the dangers of fire.

Contact Smoke Alarm Solutions today on 1300 852 301 or email info@smokealarmsolutions.com.au to find out how they can provide a cost-effective and user-friendly solution to remove the liability and stress surrounding such an imperative and intricate set of guidelines involved with smoke alarm compliance. Don’t leave compliance up to chance. Ensure you deal with the experts.

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