2020 has been an interesting year to say the least, with fires ravaging the east coast, then floods and a global pandemic. We need now more than ever to prepare ourselves for what could potentially be, another trying Summer season. With August kicking off the official bushfire season, let’s get prepared to create a safer place for our families, neighbours and communities. Here are a few of the top tips Allianz Insurance suggests for making houses bushfire prepared this season.
The Australian Standard for construction of homes in bushfire prone zones (AS 3959) simply states that openable windows must be screened with corrosion-resistant steel, bronze, or aluminium mesh with an opening of less than 2 mm x 2 mm. Consequently, most security screens with stainless steel mesh can be used in bushfire prone areas. That does not mean that they are all equally good. We decided to put ForceField to the test.
With one of Australia’s largest security screen product ranges, Prowler Proof has a product to suit bushfire requirements for any budget or compliance obligation. Below is how ForceField performed in the fire attenuation test no FS 4302/3572.
Prowler Proof asked CSIRO to expose a ForceField® window screen to a radiant heat flux level of 60 kw/m2 for a minimum of 60 minutes. Most bushfires will create heat levels of around 40 kw/m2 and will pass within minutes.
After 91 minutes the window screen was still in position and it was decided to terminate the test. Throughout the test the heat level measured one metre behind the unexposed face of the window screen was approximately 10% of the level measured at the exposed face of the window screen.
Even during a bushfire ForceField will protect you. It will not only stay in place. Just one metre inside your home, the heat will be reduced by approximately 90% compared to the heat outside at the surface of the screen.
Contact your local Prowler Proof dealer today to find out how to keep your home safe this bushfire season.