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How to prepare your shed for fire season

As the Australian summer approaches, so does the looming threat of bushfires. Whether you are looking to get a shed or already have one, knowing how to prepare for the fire season is not just a precaution; it's a necessity. In this guide, we'll take you through practical steps to fire-proof your shed, so you can face the scorching heat with confidence.

In addition to these tips below, you will need to consult with your local authorities on the Bush Fire Attack Level (BAL) rating for your site and ensure you design and build to meet those requirements.

Utilise fire-resistant materials:

Opt for a shed with fire-resistant materials when making your selection. If your existing shed lacks this feature, consider upgrading to a model that does. Wide Span Sheds made from COLORBOND® steel won’t ignite or contribute to the spread of fire and may be used wherever a non-combustible material is required.

COLORBOND® steel is designed using the NASH Standard for Steel Framed Construction in Bushfires Areas. According to the CSIRO’s research, of the different materials tested, pre-painted and metallic coated sheet steel (in this case made from COLORBOND® steel) performed best under all exposure conditions and in particular when faced with a 30 minute flame immersion test used to stimulate potential effects of an adjacent house fire, which is common during bushfire events.

Clearing the surroundings:

Start by creating a defendable space around your shed. Remove dry vegetation, leaves, and debris within a substantial perimeter. This helps minimise the risk of embers finding their way to your shed and igniting a potential disaster.

Roof and gutter maintenance:

Australian summers can be harsh, and a well-maintained roof is your first line of defense. Keep gutters free of leaves and twigs to prevent ember build-up, reducing the risk of a fire taking hold.

Check for any loose or damaged roofing materials and replace them promptly. At Wide Span Sheds we understand how crucial premium quality steel is to the integrity of your structure. Our roofing materials have exceptional durability, thanks to the use of COLORBOND® steel, a trusted and robust material known for its resilience and longevity.

Create a firebreak:

If your property allows, establish a firebreak to halt the progress of bushfires. This could be a cleared area, gravel strip, or even a non-combustible material like concrete. A well-designed firebreak can be a crucial defense strategy against encroaching flames.

Fire-resistant coatings:

Invest in fire-resistant coatings for your shed's exterior. These coatings act as a shield, slowing down the spread of fire and buying you valuable time to implement your bushfire action plan.

The multi-layered design of COLORBOND® steel goes beyond being just a coating, it is known for its non-combustible properties, making it a suitable choice for applications where fire resistance is a critical factor.

Safe storage practices:

Take a closer look at what's stored inside your Wide Span Shed. Keep flammable materials, such as gas cylinders and chemicals, well away from the shed. Storing firewood and other combustibles at a safe distance can prevent a minor mishap from turning into a major disaster.

Emergency preparedness:

Have a comprehensive bushfire action plan in place for your property. Familiarise yourself with evacuation routes, establish a meeting point for your family, and keep essential items in an easily accessible location within the shed.

Australia's bushfire season demands a proactive approach to shed safety. By implementing these practical tips, you're not just working to protect your shed; you're helping safeguard your property against the unpredictable nature of bushfires.

To ensure you have a shed that stands strong against the scorching heat, why not take the next step? Watch the Paterson family's story below as they share their experience getting a Wide Span Shed following the destruction of their previous shed in the 2019 Malua Bay fires.

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