Q: “Are your fire bunkers approved by the Government”.
A: Our six person fire bunker is fully accredited by the Victorian Building Regulations Advisory Committee to the highest published Australian standard. It is also approved for use, subject to local site assessment, by the Building Rules Assessment Commission in South Australia. There are currently no other specific accreditation processes for
wildfire safety shelters in other States and Territories of Australia or Federally. However, subject to compliance with local planning laws, the WSB is suitable for use in all Australian jurisdictions due to its performance characteristics.
Q: “How much does the standard fire bunker cost”?
A: Our bunkers vary in price depending on the various options chosen by the customer. If you would like a quote, please contact us advising us of what you require from the website options list. The quote will be broken down into individual components. There is a link on the contact us page of this website.
Q: “How long can I stay in a Wildfire Safety Bunker”?
A: There is enough passive air supply in a Wildfire Safety Bunker to sustain six (6) adults for one (1) hour. After one hour, and after you are sure the fire has passed, the ventilation shafts can be opened.
Q: “Will smoke enter the bunker if I open the ventilation shafts after one hour has passed”.
A: Possibly a small amount of smoke will enter the bunker. It is extremely important that all occupants of the bunker have available to them a well fitted approved breathing mask and goggles, these two pieces of personal protection equipment will take away the irritant associated with smoke in the air.
Q: “Can the air in the bunker be drawn “sucked” out by the fire when it passes over”.
A: No, a well maintained bunker is a completely sealed unit when all the doors are securely fastened.
Q: “Do you supply personal protection equipment (PPE)”.
A: We can supply approved PPE or we can forward you contact details of a retail outlet that can supply you direct.
Q: “Can I take oxygen bottles into the bunker”.
A: We do not recommend pure oxygen; the use of commercially available diving bottles (aqua lungs) with approved masks is a much safer option. Keep in mind the more mass you store in the bunker the less passive air you have available.
Q: “How will I know if the fire has passed”?
A: Every Wildfire Safety Bunker is fitted with a viewing port window in the door and a temperature gauge. Once the temperature gauge has dropped back below 50 degrees Celsius after the fire has passed, the viewing port window door can be opened to make further outside observations.
Q: “Are there any regulations and or installation guidelines on where I can install the bunker on my property”.
A: Yes, they can be found on the products page of this website under the heading of “Installation Guidelines”.
Q: “Can the bunker be fitted into a natural slope on my property”.
A: Yes, as long as the location chosen meets the requirements laid out in the installation guidelines.
Q: “Can I use the bunker for any other purpose”.
A: We do not recommend that the bunker be used for any other purpose other than what it was designed for.
Q: “Does the bunker require any maintenance”.
A: Yes, we have a maintenance section on this website; it can also be found on the products page.
Q: “Can I take my pets into the bunker”.
A: Yes, but consideration must be given to how many occupants are already in the bunker and that some animals may behave abnormally when put into a confined space.
Q: “Do you deliver and install your bunkers”.
A: We have contractors that are experienced in transporting and installing our bunkers. We will forward you their contact details and they will give you a separate quote on installation.
Q: “What are the transport and installation costs”.
A: These costs obviously vary due to location and ground makeup.
Q: “Do I need a permit from my local council to install one of your bunkers”.
A: Yes, a building permit is required by law to install an accredited bunker.
Q: “What are the consequences if I install the bunker myself without a permit”?
A: Your local council may fine you and possibly ask you to remove it.
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