Home Fire Protection, Exterior

January 30, 2014
Home Fire Protection, Exterior

With the warmer weather fast approaching, it’s time to start dreaming of long hot days on the beach or sitting out on the deck with friends, but many people forgot about or simply don’t bother about fireproofing their house.

Here are five areas that you can keep in mind when renovating or preparing to fireproof your home.

Windows

By installing high quality steel and bushfire rated windows and frames, you drastically improve the safety of your house in case of a fire. A supplier will have information on these kinds of products when you look to have them installed, usually it will cost a little more, but for the added protection it is worth it, especially if you live in a high risk fire area.

Walls

Brick and fibre cement are two good options for wall construction in fire prone areas due to their fire resistant properties. Brick also has the added advantage of providing an extra barrier from long summers as it tends to keep your house cooler than other building materials.

Decks

Decking is one of the most flammable areas around your home, as they tend to have large pockets underneath where flammable debris can build up and create a fire hazard. The best way to fireproof your deck is to firstly consider building it with a composite material which is fire rated; these types of decks are widely available. Next, consider having small gaps between the timber slats of the deck; this helps reduce the amount of debris that can fall through and create a fire hazard underneath your deck.

Roofing

Making sure your roof is in good condition with no gaps is important to maintaining the fireproof integrity of your house. Any gaps can allow even a small ember to drift in and start a fire from the inside. Have a builder look at your roof to make sure there are no gaps or damage that can cause trouble over the summer months.

Sprinkler System

A sprinkler system, whilst it may only deliver a small amount of water, can slow the progression of a fire or eliminate hazardous embers that travel in the air. If you have either a sprinkler system surrounding your house, or a bushfire system on your house, make sure that each head is working correctly, and that the water is free flowing, and they are placed in the correct areas, as this will be your first line of defence against a potential fire.