As the mercury goes up, so does the risk posed to almost 100,000 properties across Queensland.
If you live anywhere near the bush, it’s likely you already have a bushfire survival plan ready. Keeping your property maintained and prepared for action can be the difference between saving your property, and losing it. Trees, shrubs and plants should be trimmed. Any hazardous materials such as fuel and other flammables should be stored well away from your property.
If you have a dam, well, water bore or water tank, a working pump fitted with a long hose gives you a better chance of protecting your property when danger approaches. Ensure that your hose is long enough to reach around your property.
Bushfires and Water Tanks
Smoke, debris and ash are an inevitable result of any bushfire. Bear in mind that potentially harmful chemical components may be found in the leftovers of a fire. After the next shower, any ash and debris that has settled on your roof may find its way into your tank. This can also happen if you wash down your roof a fire-preparation measure.
Reduce Your Risk
- Equip yourself with a quality pump, long hose to reach around your house, and roof sprinklers.
- Remove any unnecessary combustibles and flammables from your property
- Trim back any trees and shrubs
- Clean gutters of any debris, leaves, dead animals, and other litter
- Install a first flush diverter to prevent debris and ash from entering your water tank.
- If your water tastes, smells, or look strange, you can choose to have it tested, and your water tank cleaned.