Here’s an app to help you prepare your house for the bushfire season

Shoalhaven local sealing gaps to retrofit his home for the bushfire season. Photo: supplied.

A new app launched on Monday will allow households to access bushfire risk assessments and customised action plans for their properties in preparation for the upcoming summer. The app has already helped more than 1200 households reduce the chance of their house igniting during a bushfire by an average of 67 per cent.

The Bushfire Resilience Rating Home Self-Assessment app, developed by the Resilient Building Council and launched by Drought and Emergency Management Minister Murray Watt, will allow the average consumer to access decades of science and research to inform their decisions.

App users can access a free “resilience rating” indicating how their homes will perform during a bushfire. The rating will update as individualised tasks tackling local and property risks are completed.

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