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if you’re planning to renovate over the next few months, there are certain precautions you should take to protect your property and the surrounding areas from bushfires.

Summer has come early and Australia is already on alert for bushfire season.

So, if you’re planning to renovate over the next few months, there are certain precautions you should take to protect your property and the surrounding areas.

Not only will you need to think about what changes you will be making to the property, but you will also have to think about how you carry out the renovations. Bushfires have caused catastrophic damage in Australia and although houses cannot be 100% fireproof, there are certain materials which can help reduce the risks.

Here are some tips to think about if you are considering renovating your property:

• Use pebbles or rocks in the garden instead of mulch
• Try to keep trees and shrubs away from the house and windows.
• There is special fire-resistant glass available for windows.
• Install fire-resistant mesh screens to your doors and windows.
• If you are landscaping, be smart when choosing plants. There are certain plants that have a higher risk of igniting.
• Put external shutters on windows.
• Be careful with timber decks as they are high risk. Paint timber decks, pergolas, outdoor timber structures with fire retardant paint.
• Shop around and speak with different businesses about what non-flammable building materials are available.
• Pay attention to the weather forecast for extreme weather warnings and keep an eye out for total fire ban days. These are the days when you should not be using any tools that could spark a fire.

There are certain areas that are more at risk to bushfires and it is easy to find out if your property is in one of those areas. You can simply contact your local council as they have bushfire prone land maps available.

It does not take long for a bushfire to cause serious damage, so take the time now to implement the property provisions to ensure you can carry out the renovations safely.