- Published: Friday, 03 February 2017 17:19
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As summer settles in and the heat starts to soar, the threat of bush fires has returned to Victoria. These fires can be started by human error as well as the lightning that accompanies thunderstorms, meaning that the threat is present in all weather conditions.
Many areas in Victoria are bushfire prone areas and you might reside in or near one. Your risk will depend on the type of vegetation surrounding you and your proximity to it, what kind of slope your property is located on and whether or not the Fire Danger Index applies to your area. In addition, you’d need to consider the guidelines set in place by local authorities on what kind of protection is required.
Even if you think you already have protection against bushfires, just remember that the Australian Standards of the construction of buildings in bushfire prone areas are updated regularly. These changes have led many to assume that making one’s home fire resistant is prohibitively expensive, when in fact most homes will rarely require the full depth of protection available and will probably only need bits and pieces of it.
For most homes, the threat doesn’t come from actual flames but from the smoke and heat, as well as leaping embers that are often invisible to the naked eye. With this kind of threat, it’s necessary to cover large windows and doors in the home with protection that can withstand a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) A40 – the highest kind of protection available in aluminum roller shutters.
A good protection (in the form of a Fire-Rated Roller Shutter) can easily be used electronically and remotely (as power failures often accompany fires) and can protect the home in question from flying debris. It should also have radiant heat shielding properties up to 40KW/m² and have passed CSIRO quality testing too.
With a strong fire rated shutter you can eliminate the stress that comes with knowing a bushfire might occur, and at Security Plus Shutters we can help you out with getting this peace of mind through one of our fire-rated roller shutters. Why not call us today for more information?
- Published: Friday, 20 January 2017 18:55
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Security is a natural concern of any homeowner. Our home is where we and our families are most vulnerable. It’s our haven, filled with the valuables that we work hard for, as well as a place our family members trust to keep them safe.
While many Australians spend time and money securing their windows with burglar bars and ensuring alarm systems will alert them to the presence of an intruder on their property, few spend much time on securing their actual door. And as local radio station 3AW recently brought to our attention, a new crime trend sweeping Melbourne involves penetrating this vulnerable soft spot to our home. http://www.3aw.com.au/news/rumour-confirmed-new-kickin-crime-trend-emerges-in-home-invasions-across-melbourne-20161115-gsq6g7.html
It seems that criminals are targeting homes without security doors and kicking them in. The home is then raided and the property abandoned in a matter of minutes, before security companies have even made it to the scene.
It isn’t just a loss of personal items that these ‘kick ins’ involve, as research shows these burglaries can turn ugly, fast. Melbourne crime statistics show that aggravated burglaries have increased by 39 per cent and that an increasing number of break-ins involve personal violence.
By taking a proactive step in getting a security door for your home, you can greatly increase your peace of mind and deter criminals from attempting to enter your home in the first place. The reason that many people put off installing one is that they are under the impression that the security door will be very obvious, drawing attention to their property and leading people to believe that there is a reason for the door…something valuable lies within.
Modern security doors actually resemble standard ones and don’t look bolted on. They are made from sleek aluminum or from stainless steel that has either been woven or perforated. These doors also feature diamond design and decorative grilles and are available in every colour imaginable, so they are likely to fit right in to any style of property you can think of.
So if you’re ready to take the next step by getting a security door installed, remember that you can get one that fits so well with its surroundings you won’t be able to tell the difference.