Tanks play a cru­cial role in fire safety

Countryman - - OPINION -

DFES rec­om­mends home own­ers who plan to stay and ac­tively de­fend their homes dur­ing a bush­fire to have an in­de­pen­dent wa­ter sup­ply of at least 20,000 litres.

Prepa­ra­tion and plan­ning for a bush­fire is cru­cial.

Hav­ing wa­ter on hand to fight a fire as­sists in min­imis­ing the dam­age and im­pact.

It en­ables homes and sheds to be damp­ened be­fore the fire ap­proaches, al­lows for dous­ing spot fires and can be used in con­nec­tion with a sprin­kler sys­tem.

It is most likely wa­ter and power sup­plies will be lost dur­ing a bush­fire.

The tank should be placed within easy ac­cess for an emer­gency si­t­u­a­tion, the pump should be en­gine driven by fuel and not reliant on elec­tric­ity, and an ad­e­quate hose should be con­nected to the pump.

It should be noted at all times that warn­ings and in­struc­tions from the of­fi­cial fire au­thor­i­ties be ad­hered to in an emer­gency si­t­u­a­tion.

DFES has launched Fire Chat, a web­site which asks some sim­ple ques­tions to help home own­ers de­cide what to do if a bush­fire threat­ens life and prop­erty.

Fire Chat pro­vides guid­ance about what prop­erty own­ers need to do to en­sure they are fully pre­pared.

Ev­ery­one can spare five min­utes so check out Fire Chat on the DFES web­site — be aware, plan ahead and stay safe this fire sea­son.

Visit dfes.wa.gov.au/firechat/. West Coast Poly man­u­fac­tures a range of large-ca­pac­ity wa­ter tanks up to 27,500 litres.

All large ru­ral tanks come with stan­dard fit­tings and are de­liv­ered free within 700km of Perth. Ad­di­tional fit­tings can be sup­plied to meet the re­quire­ments of lo­cal brigades if re­quired and this can be quoted at time of or­der.

Con­tact your lo­cal agent.

Call 1800 555 185 or go to west­coast­poly.com.au for more de­tails about large-ca­pac­ity wa­ter tanks.

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West Coast Poly man­u­fac­tures a range of wa­ter tanks up to 27,500 litres.

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