Hazard reduction inside the house

House destroyed -trees Ok -2

Houses are not reduced to a few centimetres of ash because of bushfire’s flames. Note the nearby trees are untouched by fire. They burn from the inside when embers enter and ignite the house’s contents. Furnishing materials can help impede fire spread.

FUEL REDUCTION IS NOT JUST FOR THE GARDEN.
YOUR FURNISHINGS ARE FUEL, TOO

Inside your house needs its own hazard reduction. The reason houses are reduced to a few centimetres of ash during a bushfire is not the ‘all-consuming’ flames of the bushfire – it is the burning of the house’s contents.

What happens when an unattended spark or ember from bushfire is blown inside a house, is that it smoulders, flares, and fire spreads through furniture and furnishings, clothes and kitchen contents, papers and plastics and fly-sprays and cleaning fluids. Smouldering wall linings, fittings and bench tops can give off lethally toxic gases. If no-one douses the entered embers, the fire moves through the house and structure until only ash and twisted metal remain.

Be aware of which aspect of your house makes it most vulnerable to destruction: not the cladding, the contents!

DANGEROUS FURNISHING FABRICS:
Cotton, rayon, linen, and acrylic; the plastic coating of fibreglass fabrics; nylon, terylene, dacron and other synthetics; polyurethane foam padding; synthetic carpets.

PROTECTIVE FURNISHING FABRICS:
Pure, untreated, heavy quality wool; natural leather; good quality vinyl; good quality lino; tiles and slate floors.

Houses destroyed -trees OK - aerial- 2

Bushfire’s sweeping flames did not destroy this group of homes. The surrounding trees are unburnt. Unchecked ember ignition of house contents causes this type of destruction.

Learn more at Essential Bushfire Safety Tips. Preview at:
http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/6969.htm

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