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Our devastating fires in Australia clearly have ensured not only community awareness but government diligence in that local town planning acts are beginning to reflect the enormous danger and the need for local shires to effect new rules and guide lines with regards to gutter protection.
It is clear that installing gutter guard is a great method of reducing fire risk and in many areas, it is now mandatory for proper gutter protection to be fitted. But which gutter protection is the best?
Although there is a wide range of gutter guards in the market and many gutter protection products do have a compliant rating of less than 1 in accordance with ASA requirements, the truth is now emerging that most town planning acts require more than just the minimum fire rating for gutter guard. This means that more criteria will be added to the existing town planning act for gutter protection. Criteria for gutter guards may well include the following:
- They are likely to be metallic;
- Have an aperture size of less than 1.8 mm
To my knowledge, there are only two companies producing the gutter guards approved by under the town planning acts. Gutter Guardian PREMIUM Gutter Guard made of aluminium is clearly an approved gutter protection under the modified acts.
There appears to be a moratorium on gutter guard at this time, but very clearly the day will come when total enforcement of the revised acts on approved gutter guards becomes mandatory in order to save the lives of many Australians. The next time when the fire is heading for our property, we will all be more confident if we have taken every precaution including the fitting of an approved gutter guard, to safeguard our homes as well as save our lives.
Choose wisely; choose Gutter Guardian Gutter Guards.