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Your Protection Measures

There are five things you need to consider:

AccessAccess

We need to ensure that emergency service vehicles can access your property, at the same time that you might be leaving the area. Are the roads wide enough? Is there enough room for a truck to turn around?


WaterWater

Your home needs a water supply, like a tank, pool or dam, for firefighting purposes. A pump will help.


APZAPZ

A buffer between your home and the vegetation helps protect it. You can still have a garden around your home.


LandscapingLandscaping

There are simple things you can do to maintain the landscape around your home, like keeping the grass low.


Design & constructionDesign and construction

You can help protect your home through the design of your home and the types of materials you use. This includes parts of your house like walls, floors, windows and decks.


Design and construction

You can help protect your home through the design of your home and the types of materials you use. This includes parts of your house like walls, floors, windows and decks. These specific requirements will be different depending on your level of risk.

Walls

You need to build with materials that help ensure the house is more resistant to fire, and that there are no gaps where embers can get in.

Water and gas supplies

Any above-ground pipes need to be made out of metal.

Windows

The glass needs to be thick to protect against the heat of a fire, and metallic screening may be required.

Roofs

The roof needs to be made out of non-combustible material, with proper sealing.

Floors and subfloors

Floors need to be made out of certain materials, unless they are enclosed.

External doors

The timber and glazing on doors need to be made out of certain materials and have proper seals.

Verandas, decks, steps, ramps and landings

Unenclosed areas like decks and verandas need to be made out of certain materials.


The provisions for each of these are detailed in the NSW RFS document Planning for Bush Fire Protection. Further details on design and construction can be found in the Australian Standards (AS 3959-2009 – Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas).


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