With the cooler months upon us, this is the perfect time to get cracking on preparing your home to be a safe place, in the hotter months. So, here are a few helpful tasks
ways to ensure a safe Summer.
Be bushfire ready
Whether you live rurally, in the suburbs, or in the city, Australia is no stranger to the roaring flames of bushfires. And after the nation battled the Black Summer fires, it’s more important now, more than ever, to get bushfire ready. We all understand the dangers of bushfire season but unfortunately, some of us leave it too late to make critical decisions. Staying alert, being prepared and understanding the risks you might face at your property, can help save your family’s lives, your home and your livelihood. Keep your home insurance policy up-to-date, clean your gutters and any debris around your property, be aware of the fire danger ratings in and around your area and have a fire survival plan in place. It’s important to write down and practise the plan with your family so everyone knows what to do in an emergency.
Cool down the natural way
Aussie summers can get real hot real fast, and with temperatures reaching up to 50 degrees, it might be tempting to reach for the air conditioner remote for relief. Before you do, think about alternative ways you can cool down without hiking up your energy bill. Optimise your home for a comfortable climate by locking the heat out during the day and letting the cool breeze in during the late afternoon when the sun goes down. If there is no breeze or the heat is just too unbearable, use fans rather than air conditioners – they use around 90% less energy than central air conditioning. If you’re curious about how much your air conditioner is costing you – or any appliance for that matter – you can check its running cost by using the Energy Rating Calculator.
Be humble on your holiday away
If you’re planning a well-deserved holiday, and travel restrictions pending, it’s always better to be safe than sorry by protecting yourself with travel insurance. It’s also a good idea not to brag about your plans and avoid the social media count down. As soon as you broadcast your getaway on social media, you’re letting your entire network know that your home will be empty – and depending on your privacy settings – this could mean letting the general public know too. Instead, wait until you get back to post up any images of your vacation or speak openly about your time away. Ensure you don’t give away too much information online and increase your privacy settings on your social media accounts, to limit who can see what you’re getting up to.
Allow security to give you peace of mind
As an extra safety precaution install a security monitoring system to help deter thieves and observe your home from afar. Technology such as Beam can keep you connected to the activity happening in or around your home with instant notifications, like telling you when someone is entering or leaving your home. Systems like these are also helpful for when you’re away and you want to keep an eye on your pet or check on your elderly parents in real time.
Round up friends and family for a barbecue
Summer is the perfect time to get out and have some fun in the sun with good food and even better company. So rather than heating up the house by cooking with the oven, keep it cool inside by spending time in the great outdoors. If you haven’t used your barbecue in a while, stay safe by checking the gas bottle is in working condition and that there are no leaks. Be aware of, and ensure that you comply with, any fire restrictions that may be in place such as total fire bans. Remember to always position your barbeque on firm, level ground and well away from anything flammable. Only use a barbeque in a well-ventilated area to avoid inhaling harmful fumes or gases.
Invest in a water tank
If you want to help the environment and save on your water bill, then do Mother Natural a favour by investing in a rainwater tank. Rainwater harvesting doesn’t only reduce water bills, but it also lessens the need to build reservoirs that require the clearing and use of valuable land. The free water collected can be used for washing your car, watering the garden, washing your clothes and, with the right filtration device, can even be consumed. Water tanks are a win-win – it helps you save on costs in the long run and it gives you a sense of pride knowing you’re helping the environment.
It’s the little things that we do around our homes to make it safe, that prevents first responders from having to do them when it’s not. So, let’s all do our part now to help protect our homes and keep our families safe before summer arrives.