Bushfires are a common occurrence in areas of heavy vegetation during hot and dry climates. Australia as most know is one of the most famous areas for bushfires, so much so that there are many notable events that have taken away a lot of life. Ash Wednesday and Black Saturday are good examples where hundreds of people lost their lives and more than 2000 homes destroyed. Bushfires are essential for certain organisms as part of their life cycle yet tend to go out of control very easily. If you live nearby such areas that are highly prone to bushfires it is important that you protect not only just yourself but also the one thing we need for survival the most, our home. So how do you do it?
Preventing any points of entry
The outside of your home is very unlikely to catch on fire than the items inside it, of course this depends on what your house is made of. The only way a fire can enter your home is the same way any burglar can, through windows, vents and doors. Now, one would think simply closing the windows will be enough, but when your house begins to heat up due to the surrounding heat you basically got yourself a very large pressure cooker. And with every pressure cooker, if it isn’t properly secured, the point of least strength will fail causing the entire thing to basically explode.
When the pressure gets too large inside a house the lowest in strength, the windows, break and the fire enters, where inside the most likely to burn are the curtains followed by the furniture. Your best option to prevent this? Installing bushfire roller shutters as a means of protection.
Fire rated roller shutters are installed above windows, doors and other points of possible entry and close down either automatically or manually. The purpose of which is to greatly reduce the temperature within the house in a reflective manner and at the same time form a strong barrier to prevent any flaming debris or flame from reaching inside.
Protecting Your Home and You
Protection from bushfires should not only be reserved to your home, it is more than important to look after the safety of yourself and your family first. Bushfires are by far a small thing to be held lightly, with rising global temperatures the frequencies of bushfires have been increasing dramatically. At the first alert of a bushfire make sure to activate your home protection, pack up the necessary items such as clothing and valuables and leave as immediately as you can.