fireproofing

bushfireWell, there is no such thing as total fireproofing is there; but some steps can be taken. Now that we are better prepared here for a storm emergency, I suppose it is time to look at some sensible fireproofing steps.

* local bush fire brigade – contact for advice. But, I’m guessing they’ll recommend we look at the following:

* roof gutters – we have pretty good leaf gutter-guards in place. It is just a matter of getting up there from time to time with the leaf blower and removing the small piles of leaves that still gather in odd corners.

* power supply – our petrol gen. should be wired into the house cicuits in the next month or so. That will provide back-up power for the house pressure pump, accessing 44,000 litres.

* firehose pump – will have a look at a petrol firehose water pump. Neighbour Ray has one near his swimming pool. I can have one located near our reserve water tank which is always full (22,000 litres).

* hoses – at the moment our little garden hose is hopelessly inadequate. I’ll look into the best hoses for our set up.

* fire extinguisher, fire blanket – we will have to look at getting these  installed.

* fuel – we live on a ridge in a heavily forested area, predominently eucalypt. Not much we can do about that, except keeping down green waste.

With sufficient warning, the sensible option with a wheelchair-bound family member is early evacuation. With little or no warning? hmm.

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~ by Garry on February 16, 2009.

4 Responses to “fireproofing”

  1. What is the history of bush fires in Mooloolah? I cannot recall every hearing of any. But, being prepared is the way we should all think. I hope when they rebuild the Victorian towns, they add fireproof safety like bunkers. They cyclone-proofed Darwin after Tracey.

    I guess our biggest threat is the range escarpment which has posed problems in the past but has always been contained in that area. I would be out of here with the family and our thermos!

    Love always

    • Ray says he hasn’t ever dealt with any in the years they have been here; but there are bushfires periodically in various areas – Noosa, eg. I think the threat is much lower because summer is our wet season whereas Victorians have a drier summer. Still, I think there are some basic steps we can take.

  2. gwl,
    In view of your latest entry, there is little need for me to talk to you about emergency planning, and may I congratulate you on your line of thinking. Due to my past types of employment, I have always been aware of the need to have a ‘plan’ whether it be for fire, earthquake, storm or any other type of emergency. L and I have one even for this suburban dwelling. In the nearly thirty odd years since we bought our first home we have had only one call to act on the emergency plan we have always had in place.
    It occurred one quiet evening when we lived in that little village outside of T named K. A wild hailstorm developedf without warning in the early morning hours, when both of us were in a deep sleep. The first we were aware of anything untoward happening was when a huge wind driven hailstone about the size of half a housebrick hit the bedroom window just above our bedhead. Fortunately we had security screens on all moving windows in the house and no damage was done there. Our immediate reaction was to leap out of bed and seek protectiion in our hallway with all doors closed, (our emergency plan). Fortunately no damage to our tiled roof was incurred, however the hail was landing with such wind driven force that it did take out two of our lower windows in the dining room.

    The storm only lasted but a few minutes, so we considered ourselves very lucky that we got away with the little damage that we did, however it was a valuable lesson in that we sought our ’emergency’ shelter without panic.
    Even to-day I have always warned L that regardless of what else we do we must always be prepared for the unexpected, even to the fact that should an internal housefire happen in our present home, which has all moving windows screened

  3. fin.. just don’t hesitate to break a window to get outside!

    CC.

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