Glazed windows are specially designed to keep embers out and filter some of the radiant heat from entering the home. Using quality non-combustible window frames that seal well ensures they can repel embers if they are closed during the bushfire. Toughened glass is also recommended as this is less prone to fail when exposed to radiant heat from the bushfire. Overall, it’s vital to try to prevent your windows cracking in a fire as any breakage can create a path for embers to enter a home and ignite its interior.
All doors should be tight fitting, with gaps smaller than 2mm. If this is not possible, install weather draft strips and seals. Where possible, also install doors and frames made of non-combustible material to limit ignition that can occur when embers build up in the lower portion of the door.
For more information, see the QRA’s Bushfire Resilient Building Guidance.
The information is intended to be of a general nature only. Subject to any rights you may have under any law, we do not accept any legal responsibility for any loss or damage, including loss of business or profits or any other indirect loss, incurred as a result of reliance upon it – please make your own enquiries.
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Natural hazard resilience has long been a focus for Suncorp, with many other initiatives both existing and in progress. Suncorp Insurance’s Cyclone Resilience Benefit was introduced in 2016 and is available for eligible Home Insurance customers in North Queensland. Customers who undertake eligible upgrades to their home’s cyclone readiness may get a reduction on their Suncorp Home Insurance premium4.
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