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Bushfire Support

Perth Hills (Wooroloo) Bushfire 2021

Western Australia has been impacted by a large bushfire that began in Wooroloo in February 2021. 86 homes were destroyed and close to 11,000 hectares of land were burned. If you or someone you know have been directly impacted by these fires, Midland Brick would like to offer our support. For any February bushfire victims who do not have insurance coverage Midland Brick will supply the bricks & pavers for your rebuild free of charge. To learn more about what products are available, please contact us using the email below.

For anyone wanting to know more information please email us at bushfiresupport@midlandbrick.com.au.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those families impacted. 

Terms & Conditions

1. Valid for homes destroyed in the February 2021 bushfires.
2. Selected Midland Brick products apply.
3. Offer not transferable to a different property location.
4. Offer not transferable for cash.
5. Offer is for the supply of product only.

 


Bushfires in Western Australia

Bushfires are unfortunately the downside to an Australian summer season, with many Australians living in bushfire prone areas. Typically, Western Australia’s bushfire season starts in November and continues through to April. They often start suddenly and without warning.

The impact of bushfires on a community can be devastating and may take years to recover from so it is very important to understand the bushfire risk to your family and home, and how building construction can play a vital role in surviving a bushfire attack.

When is bushfire season in Western Australia?

Bushfires can happen all year round. But during the hottest and driest times of the year, bushfire risk is at its highest.

On hot, dry and windy days, there’s a much higher chance of a bushfire starting and getting out of control. If you’re travelling on these days:

  • Visit safer places such as cities and towns.

  • Be prepared to change your travel plans at short notice if a fire starts.

  • Make sure someone outside your travel group knows your plans, destinations and expected times.

Should I build with brick in bushfire prone areas?

Bricks are non-combustible and don't assist the spread of fire, making them ideal for building in bushfire-prone areas. Clay bricks normally don’t suffer any structural damage after a fire and can be re-used even as load bearing walls. Bricks are produced and fired in gas kilns (over an oven heated enclosure used for processing materials like bricks which require drying, burning and firing) at temperatures of up to 1200°C (a standard kitchen oven operates up to about 250°C).

Bricks alone don’t fire proof a building but are not flammable like timber and plastic or like glass that shatters in the heat. Building in brick ensures a strong foundation for protecting your investment.

Information on Bushfire Construction & Requirements

When building in bushfire prone areas, it's important to understand that additional planning and building requirements may apply to developments, in accordance with Schedule 2 Part 10A of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015, SPP-3.7, the Guidelines, and the Building Code of Australia.

Think Brick Australia have produced very useful documentation on standard building practices in bushfire prone areas, and ways that you can construct your home to best protect it from a bushfire attack. The links below will provide home owners, builders and architects information on building in bushfire prone areas:

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Are you bushfire ready?

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) recently rolled out the Are You Ready? and Five Minute Fire Chat campaigns which replace the previous bushfire communications campaign known as 'Prepare. Act. Survive'. This campaign has been devised to better engage the community, and we strongly advise you to check out the links below:

https://mybushfireplan.wa.gov.au
https://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/bushfire

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