Not so long ago we had an article on the importance of having a smoke alarm installed in our home and with the commencement of daylight savings, this time of year acts as a reminder to change the battery in them. Simply put smoke alarms can save lives of the people residing in a house as it acts generally as an early warning about a house fire.
Whilst smoke alarms are essential and assist in saving lives, you and your family need to know how to get out of the home safely. Ensure all the household knows how to escape when they hear the sound of the smoke alarm and practice the escape routes from each room. Best practice would be to have at least two ways to escape in the case of an emergency.
Recently one of our landlords sent us a website link to give to their tenant and it was a 5-minute bushfire plan from South Australian Country Fire Service. Both the landlord and tenant live in a rural location only 5 minutes from Angaston. Link: https://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/prepare_for_a_fire/5_minute_bushfire_plan.jsp
Whether you are a homeowner or tenant it’s up to you to make sure you survive a bushfire. Here are nine steps found on the cfs.sa.gov.au website:
1. Do your 5-minute bushfire plan
2. Talk about your plan to family, neighbours and friends
3. Have flexibility in your plan
4. Clear around your property
5. Have an emergency kit ready
6. Know when to leave and where to go
7. Listen to the weather & know your total fire bans
8. Subscribe to the CFS warning email
9. Check radio, website, social media and news updates
Most councils will post information on their websites when fire bans are in place and what you can and can’t do during this period of time. If we are experiencing dry seasons these fire bans can be extended.
A lot of information you read states choices made at the time the bushfire is threatening is often too late. Most fatalities come when people make last minute decisions to flee their homes.
With the recent fires in NSW and Queensland it’s a stark reminder the destruction which is created by the flame. The Pinery bushfire were four years ago at the end of November and these fires have had a devastating long-term effect on people.
Why risk it? It only takes 5 minutes to make a plan today.
If you own an investment property and would like peace of mind, contact Lisa Akeroyd from Barossa Rental Specialists on 0414 335 660 to discuss your rental management strategy.