Glenhaven Rural Fire Brigade, Glenhaven Rural Fire Brigade
Now that most of the Autumn leaves have fallen, it is a good time to start cleaning up the areas where those leaves may have gathered. These are also the common places that an ember may land during a bush fire.
Embers can land on the roof, under the floor and around windows and doors. Take action now to prevent them impacting your home in the future.
These maintenance tips may help prevent burning embers from destroying your house:
• Install metal gutter guards
• IRepair damaged or missing tiles on the roof
• IInstall fine metal mesh screens on windows and doors
• IFit seals around doors and windows to eliminate gaps
• IEnclose the areas under the house
• IRepair or cover gaps in external walls
• IAttach a fire sprinkler system to gutters
And make sure you have an up to date Bush Fire Survival Plan. More information and tips for protecting your home and family can be found at the NSW RFS website: rfs.nsw.gov.au
Glenhaven Brigade has also been busy cleaning up our station and preparing for the next bushfire season. We recently held a working bee at the station and many of our members have been upskilling and attending training courses during the cooler months. We continue to receive membership enquiries and some of our new recruits have started their Bush Fire Fighter (BF) training.
We have attended a number of incidents, as well as participating in hazard reduction burns in Kenthurst, Annangrove and Dural. Our members also paused on the 4th of May, known as International Firefighters Day, to remember those who have lost their lives whilst undertaking firefighting duties.
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