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Where There's Smoke There's Fire

controlled burn by the fire dept.

My house always seem to smell like smoke.

Here in Western Australia we have a 'Bushfire Season' which is pretty much all of summer.

That means that there is a pall of smoke during in summer.

In winter a lot of people use wood fires to warm their homes, and in spring and autumn - or whenever conditions permit - the fire department is back-burning to reduce bush fire risk.

That means that as often as not there is smoke everywhere. The smell gets into everything. I prefer to leave all my fabrics boxed up during smoky weather if I can.

We pulled over so I could take these shots on Monday afternoon.

controlled burn by the fire dept.

We all need to aware of the risk of embers blowing in.

Property owners will regularly get fire permits so they can burn off leaf litter and other flammable items that could be ignited by stray embers in their yard; which just means more smoke everywhere.

There's been some pretty serious fires over the years with homes lost so everyone tries their best to be diligent and prepared.

Are you prepared in case of fire? Do you have an evacuation plan? Are your pets a part of that plan? What is the one item you would take with you if you had to evacuate?

8 comments:

  1. We don't have an evacuation plan currently; it's on my to-do list but I never seem to get it done.

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    1. We don't really have an evacuation plan either, it's one of those serious things that we somehow tend to think only happens to other people and never get prepared for.

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  2. my cousin lives in Australia and says they have an evacuation plan in place for the fire season. In South Africa they still burn the stubble in the fields and are often unsupervised and spread into the townships, the house would fill with smoke and particles from 40km away when the wind picked up, the curtains had to be cleaned afterwards

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    1. Controled burns have been known to get out of control and effect housing here too. It makes me glad that so far I've only have to worry about washing the soft furnishings.

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  3. My husband is a fire investigator. We are always prepared. Whenever we stay in hotels, he requests the bottom floor and before he even goes into the room, checks out where the exit doors are in case of fire. Around the house...exactly the same! :-) Sorry you have to endure the smell..it is something awful! I hate fire!

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    1. What an interesting job your husband has. So many mysteries to be solved. I bet he comes home smelling of smoke a lot.

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  4. Ok got it, We don't have this problem, we have arsonists and careless citizens every summer here in Greece.

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    1. Oh we have those problems too, but the risk of it getting out of hand and burning thousands of acres and homes being put at risk is minimised by back burning.

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