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The essential bushfire checklist

It can be frightening to think about having to prepare your home or property for bushfires. However daunting it may be, it’s essential to undertake as much planning as you can – and it’s much easier than you think.

Thanks to the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and Get Ready Queensland, here are some tips to make your home and family feel prepared for bushfire season:

  • Have good access to water around your house. A two-tank system is ideal for this, but a swimming pool works too if you have one.
  • Maintain a fuel-free zone around your fence line.
  • Remove vegetation overhanging your house and clear gutters, decks and roof valleys.
  • Clear firewood, other flammables and rubbish from under and around the house and any adjoining bushland.
  • Make sure your property has clear access for fire trucks.

Download our free, essential checklist for fires here and also take a look at the Get Ready Queensland page dedicated to bushfire preparation.

There are also advances in building and development that can help reduce fire risks in and around your home. You can find out more by exploring Resilience Road here.

Do your research

Knowing how to respond to a bushfire warning could be the difference between disaster and the survival of your home. It’s important to stay on top of updates during peak fire season, and to be across risks — these might be different for every Queenslander.

Start by getting in touch with your local council. They’ll be able to tell you if the property you are living in is at risk. This information is important for planning ahead. When a major weather event hits, your family’s safety comes first. Contact 000 in an emergency and visit Queensland Disaster Management for current local and state emergency alerts.

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.

The essential bushfire checklist

AUTHOR:

Suncorp

DATE: 

March 17, 2022

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