STARTLING FINDINGS: New research found 823,560 Queenslanders (17%) were unprepared for a natural disaster
STARTLING FINDINGS: New research found 823,560 Queenslanders (17%) were unprepared for a natural disaster Madura McCormack

Is your home bushfire safe?

AN INSURANCE expert has expressed concerns after new research found 823,560 Queenslanders (17 per cent) were unprepared for a natural disaster.

This is more than any other state.

Insurance expert Bessie Hassan said that it was concerning so many Queenslanders' homes weren't prepared or protected against a natural disaster.

The most popular form of protection in the event of natural disaster is home insurance.

Many residents have looked into fire extinguishers, emergency kits and evacuation plans.

"Whether it's having an evacuation plan or home insurance policy, being preventative before summer hits is important for Burnett residents to consider,” Ms Hassan said.

Females are more unprepared than males, with 18 per cent of females unprepared compared to just 12 per cent of males.

"It might seem far-fetched but being precautionary now could help prevent Burnett residents from having to cover potentially thousands of dollars of damage if something were to go wrong,” Ms Hassan said.

Tips for Central and North Burnett residents to protect their homes before bushfire season are to check that your home insurance policy includes cover for natural disasters, specifically bushfires.

Remove overhanging trees and branches from around your house, as these can cause damage in high winds and assist bushfires in moving.

Only 28 per cent of Queenslanders have an evacuation plan, but it's important to have one in place in case of a bushfire, make sure that you plan a route to your nearest area of high ground.

Make sure that your property/home is easily accessible by emergency officials.

Monitor bushfire and weather warnings and ensure your vehicle has fuel in case you need to evacuate.


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