Bushfire Preparation kit – how to prepare your property for the bushfire season

June 2021

If you are thinking about creating a Bushfire Preparation kit to help protect your home or property from a bushfire then read on for some information on how Thinkwater can help. Instinctively, we want to stand and defend our property. However, there are many aspects to take into account when developing your bushfire protection plan. You need to be mentally and physically prepared to fight a bushfire and of course, you will need to put together a fire protection kit.

Firstly, consider your mental preparation. To help you decide which course of action is the best for you, it is important to educate yourself and make sure you have the appropriate skills and knowledge to protect both yourself and your property while fighting a bushfire. You need to understand the risks involved and accept responsibility for your decisions and actions. If you are not feeling confident in your ability to stay and fight, you might be better off deciding to put as many precautionary measures as possible in place. This might include measures such as fire breaks, tree reduction, hazard reduction, fire sprinklers, and ensuring you do everything possible to prevent a fire from occurring in the first place.

Guidelines for preparing for the bushfire season and creating a Bushfire Preparation kit

Some general guidelines around creating a Bush fire Survival plan and Bushfire Preparation kit include:

Be prepared

Preparation is key when preparing your home and property for the bushfire season. The best way to fight a fire is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Around the home, install smoke alarms, check appliances are working properly, check chimneys, ensure open fires have a screen and keep a fire extinguisher or fire blanket handy. Make sure you clean out the gutters and spouts on your home regularly and remove any dried leaves and twigs. 

Remove excess fire fuel around your property

Fuel reduction is a very effective way to reduce the risk of fire damaging your property.  Keep fuel loads to a minimum around sheds and other structures. Burn offs are also a  very effective way to prepare your property for the fire season. If you are doing a burn-off, make sure you have the right fire fighting equipment with you to keep the burn under control and notify your local fire brigade.

Keep farm equipment well maintained    

Faulty farm equipment, machinery, tractors or harvesters can easily start a fire in bushfire season. Ensure they are well maintained and always keep a fire extinguisher with you. Also, regularly check for any grass build-up. On a side note, make sure haystacks are well ventilated and not heating up to avoid combustion.

Make a fire escape plan

Work out a couple of different escape routes in the event of a fire. Also, work out a plan if you get stuck and can’t escape from your property. Know how to contact emergency services, keep a portable radio handy and portable power banks to recharge your phone. Have essential items and important documents packed and ready to go. Make sure your vehicle has enough fuel and is easily accessible.

Put together a Bushfire Preparation kit

Talk to an expert at Think Water to help you work out what fire fighting equipment you need and to help you ensure you have an adequate water supply to defend your property and keep you safe. The type of equipment you need depends on the size of your property and the key assets you need to protect.

Typical Items For Fire Preparedness Kit

We have put together a handy list of the typical items and brands you might need if you decide to stay and protect your house or property from fire. The team at Think Water will be happy to help you work through your requirements and get a fire preparedness kit in place. If you already have a fire protection kit in place, it is important to maintain it and replace any broken hoses and fittings. Service your firefighting pump well before the bushfire season and check that everything is in working order – just in case!

Fire pumps to help you be prepared for bushfire season

Fire fighting pumps

These pumps come with features such as remote start capability, which means you can store them near your water supply and remotely control them in the case of a fire. We stock a variety of fire pumps from various suppliers including Davey, Grundfos, Pentair, and Orange Pumps. Pumps can be powered by either petrol or diesel and come with single or double impellers.

Fire Fighting hoses. Prepare for the bushfire season.

Fire hose, kits and reels

Fire hoses come in a variety of colours, diameters, and lengths. Think Water stocks a wide range of fire hoses in kits or as spare parts that are suitable for many different applications, including lay flat, suction, and PVC hose. Our key suppliers Crusader Hose and Advanced Industrial Products are market leaders and have been chosen by us because of their high-quality products.

Home or building roof top fire sprinklers

Fire sprinklers

When it comes to protecting your home or property, Think Water offers system design, installation, and servicing of rooftop sprinklers or perimeter sprinklers. These systems are designed to protect your home from ember attack, not radiant heat or flame.

Fire fighting nozzles for your Bushfire Preparation kit

Nozzles, fittings and clamps

Preparation is the key to survival in a fire situation. Think Water stores stock a wide range of nozzles, fittings, and clamps for fire fighting. Whether you are after a complete fire fighting system or replacement of particular parts, we have the experience and knowledge to provide a solution for you.

Fire proof water storage. Essential for you Bushfire Preparation kit

Fire-proof water storage

Think Water has a range of Aqualine rural firefighting tanks from brands such as Bushmans Tanks. These tanks range in size from 225,000L to 363,000L and come with fire brigade friendly fittings (Storz fittings).

Get ready for bushfire season. On vehicle firefighting setups

Water cartage solutions

When it comes to mobile fire fighting equipment you can’t go past the range from our Preferred Supplier Trans Tank International. Offering tanks starting from 800L in size with a trailer or slip-on setups, these systems facilitate portable fire fighting when you need it.

Preparing your property for the bushfire season is sometimes one of those jobs we all put off. However, putting together a fire protection system is essential to protecting your investment and more importantly the lives of you and your family.

More resources on creating a Bushfire Survival Plan can be found here

Our team at Think Water looks forward to working with you and helping you get ready for bushfire season.