Despite the recent rains, bushfire remains a real threat to homes and families in the Northern Illawarra.
A nasty experience on the escarpment at Woonona in 2001 has prompted a clever local man to come up with his own sprinkler system, that could save local homes in a bushfire emergency.
When flames threatened the escarpment, local man Michael Berghuis worked hard to prepare his parent’s home. When things settled down, the mechanical engineer set about designing his own sprinkler system to protect homes from ember attack, and Evolved Bushfire Protection was born.
His Rainmaker Sprinkler System is modified to suit every home, and can take in any existing systems operating on the home.
The system uses mains water or a pump system from your water tank to spray water over the roof, to stop the embers starting a fire. “Just three sprinklers will create a rainstorm on your roof,” says Mike, “drenching your home and the immediate area.”
Mike has also designed a portable system that can be put up when a fire threatens.
“The Northern Illawarra is beautiful and leafy,” says Mike. “And many homes are nestled back into the escarpment, and surrounded by bush, which makes it difficult for fire crews to get in. This system is cost-effective and gives you a much better chance of saving your home than standing on the roof with a hose.”
In fact Mike says once it’s installed you don’t need to get on the roof at all, and you can leave it running if you choose to leave with your family during the emergency.”
Incredibly, each sprinkler is just $85, with three enough for a standard home!
Mike is more than happy to offer a free consultation to determine what your home and family need to best protect them from the threat of bushfire.