Be Storm & Fire Season prepared with Dolphin Torches

From storms and fires to cyclones and floods, Australia is prone to some of the world’s most extreme weather conditions. The intensity of storm and fire season began earlier than usual this year, with the east coast of Australia already experiencing unexpectedly high temperatures, early bush fires and gathering storm cells.

The simple act of preparing your property and having an emergency kit ready could make a life-changing difference this storm and fire season. The following Storm & Fire Tips and Home Emergency Kit Checklist will help you be prepared, especially when the power goes out.

Simple activities to prepare your home for fire season include:

  • Have a number of buckets, mop, knapsack, ladders and rakes on hand
  • Maintain a circle of safety, at least 20 metres wide, around your home by clearing away trees, dead leaves, twigs and branches – also cut long grass and undergrowth in this area
  • Don’t store flammable liquids, firewood or other flammable material close to, or underneath the house.
  • Close in eaves and the space under your house.
  • Fit bronze flywire screens or shutters to your windows and doors
  • Maintain gutters and the roof clear of leaves
  • Ensure hoses reach all corners of the home
  • If possible, consider buying a petrol or diesel powered pump and arrange to have an alternative firefighting water supply (eg tank, pool, dam)
  • Make sure you have access to woollen blankets
  • Wear protective clothing such as cotton or woollen trousers, long-sleeved shirt or jumper, sturdy shoes/boots, hard hat or wide-brimmed hat, goggles and gloves
  • Comply with the local government fire break notices
  • Don’t burn off or light a barbecue on Very High or Extreme Fire Danger days
  • Check with your local council to find out about fire restrictions

Source: WA State Emergency Service

Simple activities to prepare your home for storm season include:

  • Keep gutters and downpipes clear, as blockages can cause water to overflow under the eaves into the roof cavity
  • Fix any roofs damage, including broken or missing tiles
  • Secure loose items in your yard or balcony which may blow off in strong winds
  • Prepare an emergency kit with essential items in case you lose power or need to leave home in an emergency
  • Move vehicles under cover or away from trees
  • Listen to your local radio station and other media for weather warnings

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Extreme Weather Home Emergency Kit Checklist:

  • Torch
  • Portable radio
  • Range of batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medicated wipes
  • Important documents, including; birth certificates, passports, licences
  • Emergency contact numbers
  • A good supply of required medications
  • Any special requirements and supplies for babies, the disabled and/or elderly
  • Fresh food and drinking water
  • Sunscreen
  • Pet foods

Source: NSW State Emergency Service