Prepare your property for bushfire season

DSC_0036By Ian Price, Business Manager at GAAM Emergency Products

As Australia enters another scorching hot summer, those living in bushfire-prone areas, whether in a regional location or suburban area adjoining bushland, are reminded of the importance of preparing for the bushfire season ahead.

Now is a good time to re-visit your bushfire survival plan and consider tools to help protect your property in the early stages of a fire and the days that follow.

Monitoring ember attacks and spot fires is an important part of protecting a property. An ember or spark can impact a house up to eight hours after the initial passage of a bushfire and small fires can spread quickly.

Wormald’s sister company, GAAM Emergency Products, has designed a portable firefighting pump, which uses water from a source at home (such as a swimming pool, creek or dam) to help suppress spot fires. The GAAM Fire Defender is capable of dispersing 240 litres per minute at pressures of up to 390kPA .

The device is lightweight and easy-to-use, providing a convenient and straightforward solution for fire suppression. It is placed next to a water source and uses a suction hose, connected to a pump and submerged, to draw water from the source. Another hose is then connected to the pump’s outlet and the Defender’s engine, which is started by pulling a cord. The GAAM Fire Defender is small and compact so it can be easily stored when not in use.

As part of a bushfire survival plan, residents should assess their individual circumstances and decide before a fire occurs whether they will stay and defend their property or leave. This helps prevent rushed and dangerous decisions at the last minute. This includes assessing how residents can defend property in the event of a fire, considering what fire protection systems need to be in place and ensuring they know where their nearest shelter is, should they need to evacuate.

For more tips on bushfire safety, see GAAM Emergency Product’s preparing for bushfires safety checklist.

Beware and prepare for bushfire season

By Mark Gowans, Managing Director, Wormald Australia

BushfireBushfire season has arrived early this year and weather experts are warning that the risk of bushfire will be above average this summer. If you’re a business or home owner in a bushfire prone area, now is the time to re-visit your bushfire survival plan and ensure preparations are underway. There is no room for complacency – preparing and sticking to a bushfire survival plan can help to save lives.

Inland grassfires will be a serious threat across the 2013/2014 summer[1]. This year’s heavy rains and high temperatures have spurred grass growth and built up fuel in grasslands across inland NSW, VIC, SA, WA and north QLD. Coastal WA and NT are also at high risk.

Grassfires are especially dangerous as they can start easily and spread quickly. It is imperative that home and business owners are ready to respond quickly in the event of a fire. Continue reading

Planning for bushfires – warnings cannot be ignored

By Mark Gowans, managing director, Wormald Australia

This summer, weather experts, authorities and fire services are warning we could see the worst bushfire conditions in almost 40 years.

To be prepared, business owners and anyone working or living in bushfire prone areas must have a bushfire survival plan in place. We also recommend seeking advice from your local fire brigade to help ensure lives and properties are adequately protected.

The heavy rains of the last two years have brought about extensive grass growth and senior fire officers are predicting that this summer will see an increase in bush and grass fires, especially in NSW, QLD, WA and the ACT.

Grass fires are especially dangerous because they can start easily, spread quickly and often catch people off guard.  As part of a bushfire survival plan, business owners should assess how they can protect their property and consider what fire protection systems need to be in place. Continue reading