Call to check homes for fire risk as heat strikes early

Call to check homes for fire risk as heat strikes early

Call to check homes for fire risk as heat strikes early


* The latest NRMA Insurance Wild Weather Tracker reveals that most people are unprepared for bushfire season

* Almost half (49 per cent) of Australians are concerned about being impacted by bushfire or grassfire during spring and summer

* But less than a quarter have taken steps to protect and prepare their homes in the past six months

* Only one in four know what they would do if a bushfire threatened their home

* Insurance Council of Australia is calling for early bushfire preparation so property owners and tenants can be safer

* High-risk areas in particular are urged to check whether their insurance can cover the cost of any potential disaster

* Check any exclusions in your insurance policy and query your insurer about any part of a policy you do not understand

* Use an insurance calculator to estimate costs to repair, rebuild or replace home and contents, vehicles and any outbuildings

* Take practical steps to reduce risk – clean out gutters, keep lawns and gardens maintained and get rid of green waste

* Prepare a room-by-room inventory of the contents of your home or business to save time later when making a claim

* The Bureau of Meteorology has formally declared an El Nino event, coinciding with a swag of severe weather warnings and alerts

* El Nino will bring record-high temperatures and extreme weather patterns over the next 12 months, particularly in eastern Australia

* Some insurers may place a temporary embargo on the purchase of new policies if bushfires are imminent.

(Sources: Insurance Council of Australia, NRMA, Bureau of Meteorology)


Marion Rae
(Australian Associated Press)

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