Also in 2002, we built a fire shelter for family members, who are still living in the Warrandyte area of Victoria.
The idea for a fire shelter was for protection against bushfires like the one on “Black Saturday Bushfires” in Victoria, which happened on Saturday 7th February 2009.
Some of the best survival stories we’ve heard, are from people affected by the “Black Saturday Bushfires” who had fire shelters.
Fire shelters have many advantages and uses in the on and off peak season of bushfire threats.
When a bushfire approaches, you can use the fire shelter for protection from a fire front.
As it passes, you can leave the fire shelter to defend against spot fires, damaging property and land.
Fire shelters can also be used as a storeroom to protect valuable items, memorabilia etc.
You can even keep pets inside, since there is adequate air to survive from a bushfire.
Our fire shelters are built from AAC (Aerated Autoclave Concrete) which have up to a four hour fire rating.
AAC blocks are used for the construction of walls and AAC panels for the roof.
The door and frame are fire rated and smoke sealed, but not air tight.
We believe any air tight sealed door could pose a possible health risk by stale air and air starvation.
The fire rated doors can be easily pushed open to prevent any type of atmospheric danger to occupants.
Fire rated observation windows are on each wall, allows you to see outside and assess the situation, which will give you options for any action to be taken whilst in the fire shelter.
They can be built any size to suit your needs, ranging from a small size of 2.00 m2 x 2.00 m2, up to the size of a standard home.
Over the last few years, there has been a sudden increase of population in Melbourne and surrounding areas.
The current infrastructure is not keeping up with the rise of a potential catastrophic bushfires in suburban areas and with every passing season of hot weather, it will be getting worse.