FUEL REDUCTION IS NOT JUST FOR THE BUSH AND GARDEN.
YOUR FURNISHINGS ARE FUEL, TOO.
Inside your house needs its own hazard reduction.
The reason houses are reduced to a few centimetres of ash during a bushfire is NOT that the ‘sweeping flames’ of the bushfire have ignited the cladding and moved inwards to consume all. The reason is that some of the contents of the houses have been ignited inside by the bushfire’s wind-blown embers and this internal fire consumed all.
Destruction of historic homestead
Be aware of which aspect of your house makes it most vulnerable to destruction:
Not the cladding, the contents!
DANGEROUS FURNISHING FABRICS:
Cotton, rayon, linen, and acrylic; the plastic coating of fibreglass fabrics; nylon, terylene, dacron and other synthetics; polyurethane foam padding; synthetic carpets.
PROTECTIVE FURNISHING FABRICS:
Pure, untreated, heavy quality wool; natural leather; good quality vinyl; good quality lino; tiles and slate floors.To find more on this topic see:
Essential Bushfire Safety Tips
The Complete Bushfire Safety Book www.randomhouse.com.au/books/joan-webster/the-complete-bushfire-safety-book-9781740510349.aspx
Most libraries have both.