Bushfire Readiness: Your Step-by-Step Guide

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Preparing for a bushfire may save your life.

The first step of bushfire readiness is to create a strong plan with your family. Discuss what to do in every situation. This will ensure that your family and property have the highest chance of surviving a bushfire.

Protect Your Home

Prepare your home to be bushfire ready in advance. It’s important not to leave it to the last minute – it could be too late.

Keep on top of the following things during the bushfire season:

  • Trim any overhanging trees on your property. This will stop a fire from spreading.
  • Remove any grass cuttings, leaving a cleared area.
  • Move any items away which can quickly catch fire, such as wood piles, paint, leaves, doormats, and outdoor furniture.
  • Clear out the gutters and remove any leaves and debris. Your home can easily catch fire from burning embers.
  • Have a robust hose/hoses ready which can reach all around your house and a reliable water source.

Create An Emergency Survival Kit

Before the bushfire season begins, you should prepare an emergency survival kit. Keep it in a waterproof storage container in a location which is easy to find in a hurry. Make sure your whole family knows where it is.

What to include:

  • Battery-operated radio
  • Spare batteries
  • First aid kit (with a manual)
  • Woollen blankets
  • Waterproof torch
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Emergency contact numbers
  • Cash, Credit Cards, Debit Cards (Before you leave)
  • Medications, sanitary supplies, and toiletries.
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Important documents (birth certificate, passport, marriage certificate etc.)
  • Valuables and sentimental items
  • Change of clothes for each family member

Prepare For Your Pets

Don’t forget to prepare an emergency kit for your pets also. Make sure your pet is wearing their ID tag, and pack a leash, food, medication, basket and a favourite toy.

Keep your pets with you at all times, and on a leash so they can’t run away if they get frightened. Be sure they also have plenty of water.

Create An Evacuation Plan

Prepare for a scenario where you have to leave your family home.

The earlier you leave, the safer it is. If you stay too long, you may no longer have the option to evacuate safely.

  • Make sure all family members are accounted for
  • Monitor the situation closely on local radio
  • Turn off the gas mains/bottles
  • Move any flammable items out of reach from the house
  • Fill gutters with water
  • Use socks full of sand to block any drainpipes
  • Close all windows, doors and vents
  • Fill any sinks, baths, bins, and buckets with water
  • Soak any towels or rugs with water and spread them across all external doorways
  • Don’t forget your emergency survival kit

Download our preparation plan

Emergency Contacts

For emergencies contact 000 immediately

Bush Fires Information Line: 1800 679 737 (NSW RFS)

Track Fires Near You: RFS Website

If you need a plumber for an emergency, D&K Egan is available 24/7. Contact us on 0427 625 716 for an immediate response, or a non-emergency query via our online contact form.

It’s Time To Get Prepared For Summer Storm Season

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How To Prepare For Major Storm Weather Events

Major storm weather means more than just putting on a raincoat and carrying an umbrella.

The storm season is now well underway in the ACT, usually lasting between September until the end of February.

Major storm weather can lead to severe damage. It may include torrential rain, strong wind gusts, large hailstones, and lightning. These can cause flash floods, damage to power lines and trees, and unroofed buildings.

In these situations, it’s important to know what to do, and where to get help if required.

8 Tips To Prepare For Major Storms

Here are some easy things to do now, to help reduce potential damage during a storm and save money on costly repairs:

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Avoid Plumbing Nightmares – Here’s How.

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What Plumbing Maintenance You Should Be Doing At Home (and How Often)

Drip Drip Drip.

The kitchen tap is dripping again, and the toilet water is running – nightmare!

Not only is it annoying but it is a waste of water and can see your water bill skyrocket.

With regular DIY plumbing maintenance though, it can be avoided or at the very least fixed before it gets to be an even bigger problem.

But what plumbing maintenance should you be doing around your home, and how often?

Here are the most common home plumbing maintenance jobs you should be doing:

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Plumbing you can DIY vs. Plumbing you cannot DIY

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Did you know that Monday is often the busiest day of the week for Plumbers.

Why, you ask?

We need to fix jobs gone wrong from DIYers over the weekend!

So you’ve got a plumbing problem, and it’s tempting to perform a bit of DIY plumbing. It seems easy to go down to your local hardware store and buy supplies and pull out the wrench, right?

While you don’t need a license to buy plumbing supplies, you do need a license to install (most of) them.

People love to tell their mates how they have completed plumbing work on their home themselves. Yes, you might save a bit of money – but it comes with a lot of risks. Trust us, it’s not worth it.

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[Checklist] What should you consider before renovating your bathroom or kitchen

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Renovating your bathroom or kitchen can be extremely stressful and overwhelming. However it doesn’t need to be. With careful planning and establishing a budget, your DIY bathroom/kitchen renovation will be a breeze.

Before you commence any renovations, there are important factors you should consider. These go beyond your renovation ideas and visions. We’ve prepared a checklist for you to follow, ensuring your renovations are a success.

Download your printable checklist here BATHROOM_KITCHEN RENOVATION CHECKLIST-final

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Renovating Your Bathroom

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How To Incorporate Green Plumbing Into Your Bathroom Renovations

 Having an outdated bathroom might not just look less aesthetically pleasing but did you know it can also waste water and increase energy usage in your home?

A lot of home-owners start their renovation projects in Spring ready for the holiday season so while you’re planning your bathroom renovations, why not think about incorporating green plumbing into your project? Are you unsure where to start? Keep reading to find out.

Why Install Green Plumbing:

 Adding green plumbing to your bathroom renovations has many benefits, such as:

  • Drastic eco-footprint reduction in your home
  • Saving money on your utility bills
  • Significant water savings
  • You may be eligible for Government rebates

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Canberra Flowers In Spring

Time to get planting for Spring!

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Time To Get Planting for Spring

What Should You Plant In Your Garden This September & October in Canberra

Now that Winter and some very cold days are over, Spring has arrived and the sun has started to shine in Canberra.

This is the perfect time to add some colour to your garden! Even though our rainfall has been limited over the winter season, with appropriate watering systems you can environmentally and economically enjoy and sustain your garden.

Unsure what to plant? No need to worry. Just follow our planting guide, so you can wake up and enjoy a beautiful and colourful garden!

Spring is the perfect time to start planting fruit, flowers, vegetables, trees, and herbs. But, what you can plant in your garden depends on the climate and soil conditions of where you live. Australia has a very different climate from city to city. It’s important to know which plants are ideal for the Canberra climate. So you can produce the most stunning results in your garden.

Here is our planting guide for what to plant in your garden in September and October in Canberra:

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Thinking About Irrigation? Here’s Why You Should.

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5 Benefits of Residential Irrigation

Summer is fast approaching so now is the perfect time to start getting your garden ready for the hotter months. Before the weather starts to heat up, install a residential irrigation system to prepare for the endless heat waves – keeping your garden and lawns looking luscious is a nice bonus.

Canberra is known for its dry weather and scorching hot summer days. These are less than ideal conditions for your garden to thrive in so here are 5 benefits of installing an irrigation system at your place:

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