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Reducing risks for people and houses

All of it! Madly scribbling away to take it in by hearing and by writing. Such interesting information tips ideas etc really comprehensive. Best I’ve seen anywhere.

Building standards do not address structural damage due to high winds possibly causing ember entry points during a fire. Regulations do not protect houses to the level people expect, with current regulations only 80% of houses are expected to survive a bushfire and only up to and including a Fire Danger Rating of Extreme. The Q & A sessions were excellent and most informative.

Justin setting the scene where you are at home when your house is impacted, it starts burning, to live you have to get out. Having determined and planned for a safer route avoiding burning deck, stairs and vegetation in the dark to get to a place to shelter. The step by step process for using a car as a last resort option.

Justin's handling of all questions was spot-on. He's knowledgeable, speaks slowly and precisely with non-dramatic tones even when supplying what could be worrying information. So, you really hear him. His two presentations regarding preparation of our houses and then of us as people were so easy to understand and write notes about implementation. I've also heard him speak live, but we are so privileged to have him in our homes via BRI webinars each year.

We live in a vulnerable semi bush location and have an extensive fire plan which we update often, but we learned again last night that there is always something new to consider. It is presentations like last night which provide new and alternative ideas and actions.

What to expect if having to leave a burning house. Reminder about practise, practise. Keep on top of reducing fuel load. Consideration for using a car as refuge as I had always believed that would not shield from radiant heat. Best way to store gas bottles.

Having been fire aware for 40+ years including Ash Wednesday 1983 and viewed most of the webinars I was happy to see many of my efforts reflected in the issues identified as being desirable preparation.

I found all aspects of the Webinar useful and informative, especially the practical and informative answers Justin was able to provide to each of the questions asked. Being able to answer such a breadth of questions from viewers not only confirmed my confidence and trust in the webinar (these guys know what they are talking about!) but also ensured many viewers learnt more than they would have expected.

I learnt and was reminded of preparation when a fire is nearby e.g. park cars so they can be driven forward and not reversed to get out. We have tank water which we would switch over to mains water if a fire was nearby to try to maintain a water supply as long as possible. We would lose our ability to use tank water if the power is cut off.

Plan of action if house is impacted. Fire- survival techniques inside house and car. Safest places if sheltering in car. Storage of gas bottles. Protecting house from ember attack- use of sprinkler system inside or in roof cavity, assessing water pressure.

Justin's description of why a car is a safer escape bet than some other options dispelled my assumptions that a car would just explode instantly on fire engagement. As I'm unable to walk properly (since the last bushfire in 2019, when I suffered a knee injury that hasn't been fixed due to elective surgery wait lists) my car is very much part of my survival plan.

Expect the unexpected, prepare, prepare, prepare, plan, plan, plan, act, act, act.

Sealing off of vents with 2mm stainless steel mesh. Storage of gas bottles. Treatment options for delivering water effectively to spouting.

Protecting persons from radiant heat, toxic smoke, superheated air. Monitoring your home, vehicle etc while fire front passes!

I can't identify a single item as most informative as the entire presentation was informative and offered 'practical' suggestions. The information about how to use a motor vehicle as emergency shelter was particularly relevant to my situation.

2023 Webinar 3

7.30-9.00pm AEST Thu 31 August
  • Justin Leonard, CSIRO

Justin discussed the influence of weather patterns like La Nina and El Nino on fire conditions, emphasizing the increasing likelihood of severe events due to climate change. He highlighted the need for proactive measures to reduce house vulnerability, including understanding building regulations, addressing vegetation risks, and implementing effective house design and landscaping strategies. He also emphasized the importance of active monitoring and sheltering strategies for individuals during a fire event, including planning multiple exit routes and preparing personal protective gear and supplies. Justin's presentation aimed to provide practical insights and resources for mitigating risks and increasing survival chances during bushfire seasons.

Key Segments

Presentation 1 - Reducing risks for houses

Presentation 2 - Reducing risks for people

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