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Workplace Heath & Safety - Bushfire Season

It is that time of the year again, bushfire season. Bushfires can occur all year round however there is an increased risk during the months of October to March. Long periods of dry weather and drought provide a conducive climate for bushfire. During 2019 – 2020 fire season 33 people died due to bushfire.

Factors that increase risks at a property during bushfires:

  • Fuel load – leaf litter & small branches accumulating. The greater the fuel load, the more intense the fire
  • Fuel moisture – dry fuel will burn quickly, wet fuel may not burn
  • Wind speed – drives fire by blowing the flames into fresh fuel
  • Ambient temperature – the higher the temperature, the more likely it is that a fire will start & continue to burn
  • Relative humidity – dry air promotes a greater intensity fire than moist air
  • Ignition source – can originate from both human activity & natural causes with lightning the predominant natural source.

The top five actions to make the home safer are:

  • Trim – trim overhanging trees & shrubs, this can stop fire spreading to the residence
  • Mow – have a cleared area around the home
  • Remove – material that can burn around your home (e.g. mats, wood piles, mulch & leaves)
  • Clear – and remove all the debris and leaves from gutters surrounding the home

Prepare – make sure you have a reliable source of water.

Know the bushfire alert levels:

Know the fire danger ratings:

  • When it’s SEVERE, you should only stay if your home is well prepared.
  • At EXTREME, only stay if your home is prepared to the very highest level and is specially built to survive a bushfire
  • CATASTROPHIC is as bad as it gets – no homes are built to withstand a fire in these conditions

Is the property you’re working at ready for bush fire? – complete our short online – Bushfire Checklist

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