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Ever worsening bushfire conditions

In the 2019/2020 Australian bushfires, in one of the most catastrophic natural disasters in recorded history, more than 17 million hectares of land was burned, leading to the loss of over 3000 homes. That’s a land area totalling more than the entirety of countries the size of England or Greece, and as many homes as you would find in a town the size of Tennant Creek.

The conditions that lead to these bushfires only seem to be worsening, as the Northern Territory faces its worst fire weather conditions for almost a decade, and as dry seasons across Australia see worse and worse outbreaks of bushfires, it has never been more important to safeguard yourself against fire.

One of the best ways you can do this is by equipping your property with adequate water storage to assist in firefighting efforts were the worst to occur.

Increasing water storage capacity for fire protection

Most properties in the rural or drier parts of Australia are equipped with a rainwater or water storage tank, but some do not have fire storage tanks, or their existing tanks equipped with an additional water reserve for fire-fighting purposes.

While water tanks are not a silver bullet in preventing fire damage to home and property, they are a strong defensive measure and greatly assist fire fighters battling blazes and attempting to save homes.

Water tanks can be installed with a reserve supply, with a fire fighting reserve outlet on the tank at a lower level than the domestic water outlet, in order to ensure that there is always sufficient water supply for firefighting purposes. Pioneer Water Tanks offers several options when it comes to fire protection accessories.

Alternatively, many Australians choose to have dedicated fire protection tanks installed on their property to protect them from blazes that may threaten their property.

Engineered to withstand great heat

One of the great advantages that steel water tanks hold over their poly or plastic counterparts is their state of the art fire resistance. In the 2019/2020 bushfires, Peter Cormick in the Deua River Valley, NSW tragically lost every structure on their property to the bushfires that tore through the region, however his Pioneer Water Tank remained standing, with no structural damage to the tank, with only the internal liner being impacted by fire – had the tank been full, there would have been no damage at all.

Whilst unfortunately in Peter’s circumstances, his home was unable to be saved, a water tank’s ability to withstand extreme heat is crucial for firefighting efforts, if fire fighters are engaged as the last line of defence between a bushfire and your home.

In 2006 the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (Bushfire CRC), now known as the Bushfire and National Hazards CRC conducted a test on the performance of three different designs of rainwater tanks in a bushfire setting.

In three different heat settings, the Pioneer Water Tank, with an engineered steel panel design, outperformed the conventional steel and polyethylene water tanks in all categories, and remained the only tank with no structural damage even after 30 minutes of flame immersion.

The Bushfire CRC concluded that steel water tanks similar to those exposed (the Pioneer Water Tank) are suitable for supplying water during bushfires.

30 years of experience with Australian conditions

Pioneer Water Tanks have many examples in recent years of water tanks holding up to bushfire conditions, even on properties where neighbouring poly tanks have melted away to nothing.

With 30 years of experience catering to Australian customers, Pioneer is the best choice when it comes to protecting your property.

Pioneer has 50 dealers Australia wide, through their Dealer Direct Network, and install high quality water tanks in every corner of the country.

With a wide range of water storage capacity, colours and accessories, Pioneer is your one stop shop for fire protection, and all Pioneer Water Tanks include a 20 year structural warranty.

To learn more visit Pioneer Water Tanks today, or call 1800 875 157 for a quote.

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