DIY Pre-Summer Checklist For A Safe Home
- Firstly, ensure your gutters are clear of leaves and twigs. Renewing or installing leaf guards to your gutters can help reduce maintenance and aid in keeping the gutters and downpipes free of leaves. Great to do this now before the onset or torrential Summer rains. The gutter guard we use was purchased from Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 over 15 years ago now and is still working well. Plastic as well as metal varieties are available. Some people have even used chicken wire to keep leaves catching in gutter or water channels and ponds in the garden. There are a range of gutter guards to suit every roof, simply inquire in store for what will suit your iron or tiled roof.
- Late Spring and Early Summer is when a lot of our eucalyptus trees shed bark and leaves - rake this up and place in green bin or compost.
- Cut long grass within 20 metres of the home and within 5 metres of sheds and garages.
- Remove any building timber, firewood or other flammable items from under and around your home. These need to be stored at least 20 metres from your home.
- Remove any flammable materials such as paint or engine oils from your shed or garage. The next Chemical Clean Out Day for our area is Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of June 2017 9am - 3:30pm at Mona Vale Beach Car Park, Surfview Road, Mona Vale. Kimriki is not licensed to accept these. These too need to be stored at least 20 metres from your home. A small steel shed to lock them away from little fingers is a good idea. Install this somewhere where the shed won't overheat - no direct sun.
- Prune surrounding trees, hedges and bushes so that branches and foliage are at least 2 metres away from all buildings, including sheds, children's play areas and water tanks.
- Vent pipes on LPG cylinders away from the house.
- Ensure that roof vents or skylights are sealed.
- Seal all gaps in walls including the underfloor area, under eaves, and around windows and doors.
- If you have a water tank, install a firefighting pump fitted with a long hose that can reach all the way around the house.
- Check all your hoses and replace any that have deteriorated. Check all the nozzles of these and ensure they too are in good order.
- Landscaping the yard and using paths and driveways to provide a firebreak may suit your garden area. Sloping these towards garden beds or as a channel around structures can provide a place to run water into for keeping them moist in all other seasons.
- Install sprinkler systems in lawns and in garden beds.
- Avoid using timber sleepers for garden bed edges or placing garden beds near the house.
- Replace broken tiles and seal the roof around chimneys and vents.
- Place any documents/photos etc. you may need if forced to evacuate in a 'kit' ready to grab should the need arise.
- Sort out the tool shed! If you have items strewn everywhere, take this is an opportunity to install some shelves or buy yourself a tool storer and put all that valuable gear away.
Products advice is available from the trained friendly staff at Narrabeen, Mona Vale and Avalon Johnson Brothers Mitre 10.
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