There are many precautions you can take to help protect your home and maximise your safety from bushfire risk.
If you are planning to build or renovate key steps include:
- ensuring an appropriate building site location
- using suitable building materials
- ensuring proximity to independent water resources
- managing the vegetation surrounding the building and clearing debris close to the building.
It is also important to ensure your property is accessible for emergency vehicles and has a water supply for fire fighting.
The aim of the residential building standard for bushfire protection is to improve the ability of a building to withstand a bushfire attack. This will provide greater protection for the occupants who may be sheltering inside while the fire front passes.
The Bushfire Attack Level takes into consideration a number of factors including the Fire Danger Index, the slope of the land, types of surrounding vegetation and its proximity to any building.
If you are in a bushfire prone area you are required to complete the Bushfire Attack Level Assessment Report for any domestic building works. Bushfire prone area maps are available at www.land.vic.gov.au.