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When living in a bushfire prone area, it’s important to minimize the risk of the fire coming towards your house. We’ll give you a few simple tips to help, such as spacing out your plants in garden beds, making sure your garden is watered or using open, wide leaf plants like yuccas and ferns that will reduce the density around your house.

Steps

1Reduce your ground cover

Remove any excess mulch or loose-leaf cover around the bottom of plants in your garden. This can easily fuel fires. Consider using crushed rock or gravel around your plants instead.

Person reducing ground cover.

2Create firebreaks in your garden

Paths are a great way to create a barrier and a defendable space in your garden. Replace any timber edging around your garden beds with stone or brick edging to reduce potential fire fuel. Even lawn can be an effective barrier between dense garden beds.

Person creating fire break in garden.

3Keep window areas free of plants

Try keeping plants away from house windows. This means avoiding things such as planter boxes. A stone path around your house is the ideal width to keep clear of plants. 

Outside area.

4Use pot plants around your home

Planting in pots is a great way to keep some greenery near your home during winter, but then allowing you to move them away from your house and into your garden in the summer months. 

Pot plants.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.