Top 10 tips for making sure your home is protected from bush fire

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It’s that time of year when bush fires are at the forefront of every Australian’s mind – especially if you live in a region that is known to be at risk. We all know that bush fires are serious and can have catastrophic effects on our neighbourhood and property; and with The Age recently reporting “high” and “very high” danger warnings for the Victorian region – knowing what to do to protect your home and having a survival plan in place is essential. Here we give you our top 10 tips to reduce your home’s risk during the bush fire season: 1. Mow the lawn: Keep it short – ideally no more than 10cm long. 2. Clean up the outside: Clear dry leaves, etc.; de-clutter and move everything inside or at least 20m away from your house. You don’t want to add any fuel to a fire. 3. Check roof and gutters: Clear debris, check for any gaps in your roof and wall cladding and seal them up. 4. Cut back vegetation: Any vegetation (shrubs, trees) within a 10m radius of your home should be cut back. 5. No large/tall shrubs around windows: Any embers or stray flames will latch on to these and they will guide the fire straight into your home. 6. Store flammable liquids/gas: This includes paints, solvents and LPG gas cylinders. Flammables + fire = potential explosions. 7. Keep your pool topped up: Pool water is a great source of water for both you and the Fire Services, and can also act as a barrier – so don’t empty it. 8. Get a LONG hose:...