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TAS Country : October 21st 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010 Tasmanian Country 25 Fire Safety an advertising feature Onus on owners to reduce risks RISK FACTORS: When the weather turns hot and windy, fires can rapidly spread out of control. But it is important to note that on the hottest and windiest days, fewer lives and homes would be lost if property owners prepared for bushfires. EVERY year bushfires threaten lives and prop- erty in Tasmania. ''If you live in or near bushland, you, your fam- ily, and your home is at risk,'' Tasmania Fire Ser- vice chief officer Mike Brown said. ''Tasmanian firefighters --- with the help of prop- erty owners --- can control most bushfires burning in mild summer conditions,'' Mr Brown said. ''But when the weather turns hot and windy, fires can rapidly spread out of control. When that hap- pens, tragedy can follow. ''But even on the hottest and windiest days, fewer lives and homes would be lost if property owners prepared for bushfires.'' Creating a defendable space around your home is the most important task when preparing your prop- erty for bushfires. You should do this regardless of whether you intend to relo- cate to a safe place or stay and defend your property. To prepare for a bushfire you should: Clear a defendable space (at least 30 metres) around buildings. Clear undergrowth by removing or burning off. Ember-proof your home by filling any gaps in the eaves, around windows and door frames and pro- tecting large under-deck areas with non-flammable screens. Remove fire hazards from around the house. Rake up bark, leaves and twigs. Ensure you have ac- cess to a good water supply and fire fighting equip- ment. Ensure fire trucks can access your property. For information on preparing homes and prop- erty for bushfire, or for a free copy of the updated version of the DVD Bushfi- re - Prepare to Survive visit www.fire.tas.gov.au or phone 1800 000 699. Keep your pump primed DAVEY Water Products is the leading supplier of portable high pressure engine driven pumps to the Australian market. Davey's world famous Firefighter pumps are fitted to quality petrol engines at their Scoresby factory in Melbourne. ''We have a reputation for dependability'' Davey marketing manager Ashley White said. ''So it's very important to us that the engines we fit to our pumps are also the most dependable available.'' Davey offers a choice of pumps powered by petrol engines from Honda and Briggs & Stratton and has a range of models equipped with high quality diesel engines from Yanmar. Even with the best equipment, other things need to be considered at the start of every fire season. Make sure you and all your team are competent in the use of the equipment. Make sure everyone understands the fire plan and their part in it. Most people are unaware that petrol has a limited life. Change your fuel every two months. Hose for those who know LATEST: The Angus Flexible Pipeline ANGUS Flexible Pipelines has released its latest class- leading irrigation hose, Dragmaster. Dragmaster benefits from a new pressure test- ing routine that submits the hose to a series of inflation/depressurisation cycles to accurately mirror operational conditions. Included are the testing procedures for Abrasion, UV and Ozone developed for the Angus world lead- ing fire hose brand Duraline to confirm the hard wearing and long life properties of the refor- mulated rubber com- pound. The quality and per- formance of Dragmaster have improved an war- ranty program to include a four-year industry leading ''no quibble'' replacement commitment should a manufacturing fault arise. Angus Dragmaster will give many years of fault free service backed by an industry leading 10-year warranty. Roberts are proud to be associated with the Davey Firefighter, an Australian designed and manufactured fire pump. The Honda driven Davey Firefighter is the most popular high pressure engine driven self priming pump in this country because it offers... • Superior priming and suction lift performance • Choice of single and twin impeller models • Petrol or Diesel options • High performance power ranging from 5.5hp to a massive 13hp. The Davey Firefighter range is versatile for a variety of applications such as... • Fire fighting protection • Water transfer and Irrigation • Boom spraying and Sheep jetting • Deep well pumping lifts Call your Roberts Irrigation specialist and enjoy the summer season knowing that you have protection on hand ready to go! Protect what's yours this Fire Season! SELF PRIMING • DURABLE • EASY TO USE
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