Tips for preparing your backyard for bushfire season
Bushfires are a real threat to many properties during summer, especially in the hot and dry conditions traditionally associated with the season.There are some actions you can take to help prevent the damage done to your property in the event of a bushfire.
Here are some handy hints to get you started:
- Consider the placement of garden beds, trees and flammable objects. You should aim to keep the area around your house and other structures free of plants that can easily catch fire and then ignite the buildings.
- Dense shrubs should be kept away from a house, especially windows. If these burn closely, they can cause windows to crack and embers can then enter the house. Try STIHL's Hedge Trimmers which are convenient, quiet and offer precise cutting.
- Objects such as timber patio furniture and plant boxes burn quickly; store these away from the house.
- Undergrowth including grasses, leaf litter and shrubs burn quickly and fuel fires up trees. Clear out accumulated debris such as loose flaky bark, dead twigs, leaves or needles commonly found in gutters and roof areas, but also your wider backyard. A STIHL Blower is the tool for this job.
- Low hanging tree branches can be dangerous if located near a house. These can spread fire to the house or cause damage by falling. Check out STIHL's large range of Chainsaws, ideal for property maintenance and pruning.
- Keep grass mowed to less than 10cm as fire can travel quickly through long grass. Regular mowing, weeding and raking are important to remove potential fuel. STIHL has just released its very own Cordless Lawn Mower, which makes it possible to mow the lawn easily, comfortably and with innovative battery technology.
- Use pebbles and rocks to mulch in your garden.
- Keep wood piles away from the house, as embers can easily ignite these.
- Store flammable liquids away from the house. If possible, store in flame proof containers.
Many people don't realise summer is also the worst season for storms, and that floods can still happen. Check out your respective state's SES website for help on how to adequately plan, prepare and stay safe during events.