A wild fire can cause a lot of damage to life and property alike. Particularly in very dry zones around the world they have become very common causing damages amounting to millions of dollars in value every year. However challenging and life changing it can be, they are a part of life and a natural phenomenon that many have come to live with. Therefore being prepared with certain precautionary measures is the only way to keep yourself and your property safe. Here are some factors you can consider in doing so. Research has shown that most houses are damaged not by the main fire but resulting embers that float round and land on the houses and go through windows. Properties that are not secured with fire rated shutters are the most damaged. Sometimes items that are staked outdoors such as old furniture and other forms of debris can be ignited by these embers. Dry shrubs and other vegetation that collects around the property are also a cause for alarm. Experts suggest that homeowners need to be prepared well in advance to face these natures’ blazes that take place. Usually before the very hot seasons start preparations must be under way.
It is important that the surrounding areas, especially near the property are well cleared of grass, dead leaves and hanging branches. If you collect wood for fuel then it is crucial that they be stacked well away from the house as they can be easily engulfed. It is also a good thing to have at least one hose that can reach the corners of the garden space.
Make sure that windows, doors and any other entryways are secured with bal 40 fire shutters, they are considered the safest as they are built to withstand highest levels of heat and are not made from flammable material. Shingles and gutters need to be thoroughly cleaned as they can collect flammable material such as dry leaves. Flammable items such as paper, cardboard and even liquids need to be stored away from the house, or disposed of in time.
Animals and pets
Some homes may have farm animals or even pets. In such cases you must always take extra measures to ensure their safety. They can easily get injured or die of exposure to high heat and fumes. Therefore plenty of water needs to be stored with towels to be used in an emergency.
Inside the house
When the dry season starts it is important that you take extra care not to start a house fire by negligence. Your house should always have working smoke alarms in place so that you can prevent a blaze from starting. All rooms within the house should be easily accessible so that you can reach everyone in an emergency. Another potential hazard is over used power points; therefore make sure they are turned off immediately after use.
These are some of the most basic precautions you can take getting ready for fire season, therefore take them in to account and do some pre planning which can save you and your property from serious damage.