While we don’t typically think of bushfires in New Zealand, they do happen and you need to be prepared.
Deciding to protect your home or property from a bushfire is a decision that needs careful consideration. Instinctively, we want to stand and defend our property. However, there are many aspects to take into account when developing your bushfire protection plan. You need to be mentally and physically prepared to fight a bushfire and of course, you will need to put together a fire protection kit.
Firstly, consider your mental preparation. To help you decide which course of action is the best for you, it is important to educate yourself and make sure you have the appropriate skills and knowledge to protect both yourself and your property while fighting a bushfire. You need to understand the risks involved and accept responsibility for your decisions and actions. If you are not feeling confident in your ability to stay and fight, you might be better off deciding to put as many precautionary measures as possible in place. This might include measures such as fire breaks, tree reduction, hazard reduction, fire sprinklers and ensuring you do everything possible to prevent a fire from occurring in the first place.
Some general guidelines around fire preparedness include:
Preparation is key when preparing your home and property for the bushfire season. The best way to fight a fire is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Around the home, install smoke alarms, check appliances are working properly, check chimneys, ensure open fires have a screen and keep a fire extinguisher or fire blanket handy. Make sure you clean out the gutters and spouts on your home regularly and remove any dried leaves and twigs.
● Remove excess fire fuel around your property.
Fuel reduction is a very effective way to reduce the risk of fire damaging your property.
Keep fuel loads to a minimum around sheds and other structures. Burn offs are also a very effective way to prepare your property for the fire season. If you are doing a burn-off, make sure you have the right fire fighting equipment with you to keep the burn under control and notify your local fire brigade.
● Keep farm equipment well maintained
Faulty farm equipment, machinery, tractors or harvesters can easily start a fire in bushfire season. Ensure they are well maintained and always keep a fire extinguisher with you. Also, regularly check for any grass build-up. On a side note, make sure haystacks are well ventilated and not heating up to avoid combustion.
● Make a fire escape plan
Work out a couple of different escape routes in the event of a fire. Also, work out a plan if you get stuck and can’t escape from your property. Know how to contact emergency services, keep a portable radio handy and portable power banks to recharge your phone. Have essential items and important documents packed and ready to go. Make sure your vehicle has enough fuel and is easily accessible.
Talk to an expert at Think Water to help you work out what fire fighting equipment you need and to help you ensure you have an adequate water supply to defend your property and keep you safe. The type of equipment you need depends on the size of your property and the key assets you need to protect.
We have put together a handy list of the typical items and brands you might need if you decide to stay and protect your house or property from fire. The team at Think Water will be happy to help you work through your requirements and get a fire preparedness kit in place. If you already have a fire protection kit in place, it is important to maintain it and replace any broken hoses and fittings. Service your firefighting pump well before the bushfire season and check that everything is in working order – just in case!
These pumps come with features such as remote start capability, which means you can store them near your water supply and remotely control them in the case of a fire. We stock a variety of fire pumps from various suppliers including Davey, Grundfos, and Orange Pumps. Pumps can be powered by either petrol or diesel and come with single or double impellers.
Fire hoses come in a variety of colours, diameters, and lengths. Think Water stocks a wide range of fire hoses in kits or as spare parts that are suitable for many different applications, including lay flat, suction, and PVC hose. Our key suppliers Crusader Hose and Advanced Industrial Products are market leaders and have been chosen by us because of their high-quality products.
When it comes to protecting your home or property, Think Water offers system design, installation, and servicing of rooftop sprinklers or perimeter sprinklers. These systems are designed to protect your home from ember attack, not radiant heat or flame.
Preparation is the key to survival in a fire situation. Think Water stores stock a wide range of nozzles, fittings, and clamps for fire fighting. Whether you are after a complete fire fighting system or replacement of particular parts, we have the experience and knowledge to provide a solution for you.
Think Water has a range of rural firefighting tanks which range in size from 225,000L to 363,000L and come with fire brigade friendly fittings (Storz fittings).
Preparing your property for the bushfire season is sometimes one of those jobs we all put off. However, putting together a fire protection system is essential to protecting your investment and more importantly the lives of you and your family.
Our team at Think Water look forward to working with you and helping you get ready for bushfire season.