Tuesday, February 5, 2013

getting prepared with STIHL

This is a sponsored post. 



As exciting as the prospect is of building our future home on acreage is, we are mindful of being aware of new dangers.  Being surrounded by gorgeous hills, valleys, bushland and natural habitat is wonderful yet the reality is we need to be aware of the potential hazards this can cause. 

When planning our home, our move and our new lifestyle to come, being firesafe and doing all that we can to minimise the damage to our property in the event of a bushfire is paramount. 

Careful planning is taking place regarding the landscaping, especially the garden beds and trees surrounding the house.   Keeping the structure free from plants so that if they catch on fire they do not ignite the buildings is an effective planning strategy.   Mulch around the home is also highly flammable whereas rocks and pebbles are recommended for their fire resistance. 

My husband was very keen to keep the grass low and purchased a ride on mower and STIHL brush cutter to ensure that the property is kept tidy as fire in grass above 10cm can travel through very quickly.   It was also interesting to discover that fire is mainly carried by undergrowth including grasses, leaf litter and shrubs, not trees (as I thought).  

Sadly Victoria has already been impacted by many bush fires this Summer and this season is also the worst time for storms and floods as we are currently witnessing in parts of Queensland.  

STIHL have a wide variety of products to ensure that your property is fire safe. 

Please check out their website

And for more information on what to do in the event of an emergency the SES guidelines are a great resource. 

The kind people at STIHL sent us all a pair of gardening gloves to  help us get stuck into preparing our property and making it fire safe.  STIHL also have a pair of adult gloves for one reader.  Follow along and leave a comment below to enter.  Entries close midnight 11th February 2013 and is open to all Australian and New Zealand residents.  



Cat from Raspberry Rainbow said...

What an exciting adventure ahead of you!

Pauline said...

Always planning ahead Brenda! Good job in thinking ahead to not only give your dream home a chance in a fire but more importantly your precious little family. My gloves died while building our shed recently. would love some new ones.

LionessLady said...

It's all looking very exciting! Love the small people in their gloves!

Unknown said...

Oh, such beautiful country comes with so many dangers. It's beautiful there Bren, but I do worry about these beautiful places in Summer! On a less serious note, those kids in those big gloves. Oh bless. They're so cute! Loving this blog, by the way. You're clever to keep two going at the same time! I struggle to keep just one! xx