Victorian farmers and rural property owners all have one thing in common during the hot dry season: risk and exposure to bushfires and grassfires.
Fire is a very real threat to all of us, and awareness has obviously increased hugely since the Black Saturday disaster. But are those of us who are subjected to risk doing all we can to improve our fire plan and preparedness?
One simple method, often overlooked, is to ensure our assets are protected by a steel frame shed. Steel is sturdy and fire-retardant, and regardless of the nature or intended use of the shed, it ensures your assets are stored in a central, landmarked location.
Whether its machinery and equipment, feed or stock, the advantages of having your assets stored under a roof are huge:
1. Should your property become subject to the thread of fire, it’s so much easier to protect a central, pinpointed location and confined area.
2. It is easier for you to maintain the surroundings, keep the grass slashed and immediate area clear of fuel, and ensure adequate water storage nearby.
3. There will be easy access for vehicles to gain entrance to and protect the location in adverse circumstances.
4. Your assets are also protected from the conditions a fire can produce; ash, embers, smoke and heat that can all cause excessive damage. A roof and/or walls offer a certain shield from these elements, and can also help to keep stock calm.
5. Furthermore, a sturdy steel frame and cladding have a much higher fire-retardant rating than many of the older style timber frame and beam sheds that can be found around Victoria.
If you can fit yourself into the group of Victorians that live under the summer fire threat, and are interested in increasing your chances of protecting your rural assets from risk of fire, you can contact Central Steel Build for advice and assistance.
Contact Central for a free consultation, advice on your property setup/possible site location for a shed, and an obligation free quote. 1300 955 608, or visit centralbuild.localdev.highbrow.com.au
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Building An Iconic CFA Station
The CFA has long been known for its dedication to protecting properties and working hard to keep Australians safe. It was a pleasure and honour being able to work with their principle contractors to build some of their stations.
Like many industrial buildings, the CFA stations are held to strict regulations and requirements that need to be met. This building needed to be flawlessly functional, allowing multiple vehicle access and ease of use.
The CFA stations are almost iconic, especially for those of you who’ve travelled around Australia. It’s a comforting and inspiring moment when you drive into a town you’ve never seen or heard of before and see their CFA headquarters, a proud monument for the town.
Our work with the CFA’s principle contractors was very rewarding, and we’ve since gone back to visit the building. The CFA have installed their regulation alarm system at the top of the apex and they’ve put in regulation floodlights to make the building fully functional.