Assessing Your New Home’s BAL

by Muhammad Shiraz
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If you’re about to move into your home, you will want to thoroughly examine the property and the home itself to ensure that it is safe for your family. There are, of course, government requirements for the people who are building homes and maintaining the environment surrounding the homes, but there are limits to these regulations. Sometimes, it becomes necessary to take matters into your own hands and do your own research or hire independent consultants to help you to ensure that your home is safe.

 

One of the most severe threats in Perth is bushfire. Many homes are lost each and every year, and while some of these losses are unavoidable, others could have been prevented had the owners known about the risks caused by their homes or vegetation around them. Of course, if you need help with assessing your home’s risk, you can always hire a company to perform compliance inspections in Perth, but you can also do some things to assess the danger on your own.

Vegetation

 

While the construction of the building does, of course, affect the level of risk involved in the event of a brush fire, the vegetation around the home is a more significant contributor to these kinds of fires. Fire can more easily spread to your home if certain environmental conditions exist outside the home. The threat level is determined professionally on a rather complicated scale, but you can fairly easily assess the severity of your fire risk by looking at the amount of vegetation and its location in relation to the home. The more vegetation near your home, the more significant threat there is to your home. In addition, if this vegetation is closer to your home, there’s a greater chance that a brush fire would damage or destroy your home. Beyond these factors are the types of vegetation surrounding your home. Grasslands managed or maintained by your family or the government are not a significant threat under normal circumstances. Nearby golf courses, for example, are typically damp and will not easily burn in the event of a nearby brush fire.

 

Landscape

 

In addition to the distance of vegetation to your home, it’s also important to ascertain how the land is formed near your home. For example, if your home is on top of a thoroughly vegetated hill, it’s more likely that a fire at the bottom of the hill would pose a threat. These fires actually tend to move uphill more quickly than they move downhill, so living at the bottom of a hill or valley would actually give your home a better chance.

 

Construction

 

Even with proper assessment and preparation, it’s not possible to entirely prevent a fire from reaching your home. Various conditions can cause a fire to start where you may not expect it, so it’s also important to assess the construction techniques used in the home. Obviously, some materials are much more likely to catch fire than others. All in all, it’s important to keep up with maintenance on your home to prevent it from catching fire should a brush fire reach your home.

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