What’s your Plan B?

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Do not underestimate the importance of contingency plans – your future self will thank you! What’s your Plan B? The dreaded ‘What ifs': But I’m never home on Tuesdays… But we are minding the nephew on Saturday… The car is at … Continued

Got a rental?

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Whether you’re a landlord or tenant, safety is the main concern and is the responsibility of both parties. Find out more, including some legal advice from Blue Mountains Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service. Most tenancy agreements require some yard maintenance and prompt reporting … Continued

Home Prep

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Kitty says, “Don’t get in a tangle over bush fire safety, make sure your hoses are in good nick and can reach every corner of your home.” Home Evaluation Checklist These are a range of suggested upgrades that we have … Continued

Insurance is not a dirty word

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Insurance is not a dirty word! Tradie advice: Don’t get caught being under insured. Check if your policy will cover the costs of re-building a home that meets strict fire safety standards. A home valuation company can provide an independent … Continued

Bush fire basics

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Let’s go to school, here is some fundamental stuff that we need you to understand about our ratings and warning systems. Before a fire even starts, monitor the Fire Danger Ratings daily at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fdr. The higher the fire danger rating, the … Continued

Yard Blitz!

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Flames, radiant heat, flying embers… Risk can vary greatly based on your location and surrounds, but put simply, there is no house in the Blue Mountains that is immune from the impact of a bush fire. A bit of hard … Continued

Pets are family too

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  Pets needs are often forgotten and left to the last minute because they don’t know how to remind you to plan for them too. Understand that not all emergency shelters can safely accommodate animals so it’s best to plan … Continued

Build an Emergency Box

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Emergencies come in all shapes and sizes, from the common blackout to a multi-day evacuation. Your box is your go to place for all of these. But what is an Emergency Box? You’ve probably guessed it right – it’s a box … Continued

Your personal Grab Bag

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Each member of your family should have their own personal grab bag.  This bag contains your stuff. Stuff can be helpful to ease the stress of evacuation, especially for the kids. At the end of this article we’ve included a fun activity … Continued

What does a bush fire sound like?

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What conditions should you expect if you stay and defend your home? People who have stayed to defend their home during a bushfire describe the experience as “terrifying, hot and noisy”, “Sounds like a freight train” – It’s hard to imagine … Continued

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