Ember Attacks: What They Are and What You Can Do About Them

In recent years, terrible bushfires have ravaged parts of Western Australia causing massive damage. Many people lost their homes; some even lost their lives and many sustained burns and injuries. In light of these events, many people have been researching and planning to both try to understand the nature of these fires and how they can better arm themselves against future flares.

With the proper knowledge and preparations, you too can equip your home with safety features that could potentially save your family’s home, health and lives.

Geraldton Real Estate Team Talks About Bushfires and Ember Attacks

The Nature of Bushfires

Bushfires are large-scale fires that are either started by natural means, such as a lightning strike, or human interference, such as a carelessly discarded cigarette butt. Regardless of how they are started, bushfires are incredibly dangerous and can cause untold damage to people, property and nature.

Generally speaking, there are three main components that allow bushfires to spread and cause damage. These three mechanisms are radiant heat, direct flame contact and ember attacks. The first two deal directly with the fire itself, either by the actual flames or the surrounding heat that can scorch buildings and human dwellings. The third is a danger in and of itself.

Ember Attacks

Ember attacks are a major part of what makes bushfires so lethal and quick. In essence, embers are pieces of burning material, usually plant life such as twigs or branches, but other kinds of debris are included as well, that are thrown from the main fire by the wind.

When a bushfire rages, it is able to grow and travel because nearby vegetation serves as a kindling for the fire to remain on. As it continues, plant matter is burned along with it, but sometimes the wind can pick up pieces of debris before they are fully burned, thus allowing the fire to reattach itself to another source.

The Dangers

Ember attacks are incredibly dangerous because they allow a part of the fire to detach itself from the main body and reignite elsewhere. In fact, ember attacks are the most common way that a bushfire attacks a house. A twig for example, can ignite and then be carried by the wind to make contact with a house. When it does, the house becomes the new source and the fire grows and rages again.

How to Prevent

Now that you know about the dangers of bushfires and how they operate, you can better prepare yourself for protection against this threat. Thankfully, a lot can be done to prevent not only fires from breaking out, but also to protect your home in the event of a fire.

Firstly, dry spells set the stage for a fire to begin because they provide everything but a spark. If natural causes provide this, you can only protect yourself. But you can prevent man-caused fires by being careful with cigarettes, stray matches and campfires so as to not allow fires to get out of control.

Providing Protection

Sometimes bushfires do break out, so you need to be prepared at all times. The best way to protect yourself against the dangers of ember attacks and bushfires is to limit the amount of vegetation surrounding your home, especially if you live in dry areas of WA.

Since bushfires thrive on plant matter, cut out as much as possible to prevent there being any kind of base for which the fire to grow on. Without something to burn, the fire will die out, or at the very least, avoid your home.

Home Design

Even with limiting your vegetation amount, you don’t want to take any chances with bushfires. Therefore, you should design your home in such a way to help protect yourself from fire damage as well. Retrofitting options are available, but if you are building a new home though, make sure to include additions to the design that can help.

A good sprinkler system is a great idea because it will put out any fires that work their way into a home. Other features such as sealants and exterior designs can also prevent fires from entering the house, keeping you and your family safe.

Fire Safety

Bushfires can be a major problem for all residents in Western Australia if they get out of control. Fortunately, there is much that can be done to prevent the destruction caused by fires from affecting your home. Limited vegetation and home design features such as sprinklers can protect you and your home from bushfires for good.

To learn about how the Geraldton real estate team can help you design a home with fire safety in mind, call (08) 9301 4445.