Australia’s bushfire danger season has arrived so now is the time to clear leaves from your home’s gutters and run through your safety checklist, according to First National Real Estate chief executive, Ray Ellis.
‘Hundreds of homes were lost when serious fires broke out in NSW last October’ said Mr Ellis.
‘So we want to remind locals that although it might seem early, and some parts of the country have had plenty of recent rain, this weekend could be the ideal time to check your home’s gutters and run through some precautionary steps. By doing so, you, your home and your family will be better prepared.’
Mr Ellis suggests homeowners and tenants take the following steps to reduce their bushfire risk:
·       Clear leaves from gutters, downpipes and roofs
·       Check roof vents and screen them with fine wire mesh
·       Check that pressure relief valves on LPG cylinders face away from your home
·       Cut back overhanging trees, mow grass, rake up flammable leaves
·       Don’t dump green waste behind your property, on council reserves or in bushland
·       Check garden hoses are long enough to reach perimeter fences
·       Consider buying a portable, petrol driven pump to use from your pool or fire tank
·       Download the ‘Disaster Watch’ App and any available local fire service Apps
For families considering holidaying away from home this summer, First National Real Estate recommends letting a neighbour know where you’ll be and how to contact you.
‘Take extra steps like turning off and disconnecting non-essential appliances, close all internal doors, test smoke alarms, and, if you live in a bushfire prone area, check with your local fire brigade for any fact sheets or checklists they may have available’ said Mr Ellis.
‘Taking these simple steps now can make a lifesaving difference in protecting your home, and family from a fire’.
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Issued by: First National Real Estate 
For further information contact:
Stewart Bunn, national communications manager,
First National Real Estate on 0413 624 317