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Fire: Doors & Windows

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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.

Doors

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. We do not accept any responsibility for any loss incurred as a result of reliance upon it – please make your own enquiries.

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Suncorp

DATE: 

April 8, 2022

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