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Be proactive and prepare

By Gutter-Vac Tasmania

BUSHFIRE and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre chief executive officer Richard Thornton says: “Any day in an environment where it is dry, where you have high winds, warmer temperatures, low humidity, will be a day that a fire can start that could potentially impact on communities.” (Article by Shelley Lloyd dated 29 August 2018 for ABC News)

With the warmer days of spring approaching, being proactive in preparing for bushfire season would be a good idea.

Dr Thornton’s statement means we could be at risk in these conditions and we are prone to these factors in Tasmania.

With bushfire season on the horizon, experts are warning that Tasmanians should begin preparing early, and take steps to protect their home.

Residents who live in high-risk areas are being urged to take precautions and prepare by putting together a fire survival plan and taking practical steps around the home.

Fire departments recommend that you have your gutters regularly cleaned to help protect your home and reduce the spread of fire.

It is important to ensure that your gutters are free from any debris, as the leafy debris can act as fuel for stray embers.

Scarily, 90 per cent of homes in a bushfire are lost to an ember attack, whereby spot fires are ignited by burning twigs, leaves or pieces of bark that are carried by the wind.

These embers can land in a home’s guttering and ignite the property if the gutters have not been well-maintained.

It is recommended that all homeowners in bushfire prone areas have their gutter professionally cleaned before it is too late.

Chris and Therese from Gutter-Vac Tasmania said this was important as debris left in gutters could become tinder-dry throughout the summer months.

“Debris in gutters is the perfect kindling for embers to start fires,” they said.

“Vacuum cleaning your gutters prior to bushfire season will ensure that this fuel is removed, and your property is safer.

“Be proactive and get your home prepared today – phone the gutter cleaning specialists on 1300 654 253.”