Aussie’s free fire smart plan

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - FIRE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION -

A FREE plan on how to best pre­pare for this year’s bush­fire sea­son has been re­leased by Aussie Pumps.

The new book­let takes farm­ers and home own­ers log­i­cally through the prep needed to de­fend prop­er­ties – from clean­ing gut­ters to how to pre­pare your prop­erty bound­aries.

“Any­one who lives near bush­land, coastal scrub, on grass­lands or be­tween pad­docks is po­ten­tially at risk,” Australian Pump In­dus­tries (Aussie Pumps) spokesman, Brad Far­ru­gia, said.

“The Aussie Fire Smart Sur­vival Guide is our way of giv­ing sup­port to ev­ery­one who is po­ten­tially at risk.

The guide deals with the op­tions of stay or go dur­ing a fire sit­u­a­tion – based on as­sess­ing the risks for each sit­u­a­tion and putting in the prepa­ra­tion work in ad­vance.

“With­out wish­ing to sound dra­matic, it can save lives,” Mr Far­ru­gia said.

The guide cov­ers how to set up sprin­kler sys­tems to pro­vide house­hold pro­tec­tion, and de­tails all of the ba­sics of fam­ily fire drills, pump main­te­nance and se­lec­tion.

The guide also high­lights the key ques­tions to ask when se­lect­ing a fire pump.

“Home­own­ers should take the trou­ble to check out the pump spec­i­fi­ca­tions, look­ing in par­tic­u­lar at the amount of wa­ter de­liv­ered at the re­quired pres­sure,” Mr Far­ru­gia said.

“You may need one out­let on the pump for a sprin­kler sys­tem and an­other for a hose to douse spot fires - will there be enough wa­ter to sup­ply both?

“Read­ing our guide will arm cus­tomers with a re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tion of what can be achieved, what equip­ment will be needed, and how to avoid some of the pit­falls.”

Aussie Pumps’ Fire Smart Guide is avail­able free from Aussie Pump dis­trib­u­tors through­out Aus­tralia or by down­load­ing from the web­site,

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