Fire Bunker Standards

With summer arriving and still no National Fire Bunker Standards in place, the following link and information contains more information than any other source Ive found. From reading the information below, I doubt that any current commercial bunker would be classed as safe.�

http://home.iprimus.com.au/ianpullar/firebunkers.htm

PURPOSE OF WRITING THIS�4

WHY A FIRE BUNKER?�4

RECENT LESSONS�5

BUNKER SURVIVAL STORIES�5

YOU’RE� INTERESTED IN BUILDING A FIRE BUNKER – WHAT TO DO NOW?�6

READING MATERIALS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE�7

DANGERS�8

WHY THE DISCLAIMER?�8

DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS�9

DUAL USE vs MAIN PURPOSE and�9

LOCKED vs UNLOCKED�9

WHEN WILL IT BE USED?�10

HOW LONG AFTER THE FIRE WILL IT NEED TO BE USED FOR?�11

BUILD IT UNDER THE HOUSE?�11

SIZE�11

ENTRANCES / DOORS�12

FIRE DOORS, DOOR JAMBS (IE SURROUNDS) and DOOR SEALS�13

THE IMPORTANCE OF DOOR MAINTENANCE�14

DOOR LATCHES�14

AN ALTERNATIVE TO DOORS IN JAMBS/SURROUNDS�14

MORE THAN ONE ENTRANCE�15

PROTECTION FROM ENTRANCE/S AGAINST FALLING TREES, BRANCHES ETC.�15

WINDOWS�15

VENTILATION�15

FAN FORCED VENTILATION UNITS�16

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR PETS�18

DESIGN FOR LATER EXPANSION?�18

LOCATION – WHERE SHOULD YOUR BUNKER BE BUILT?�19

CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS AND METHODS�20

ABOVE GROUND, IN-GROUND, TOP DOOR OR SIDE DOOR/S?�21

HOW FIRE-PROOF DO I HAVE TO MAKE IT?�22

WHAT ABOUT A BURIED STEEL CONTAINER?�24

THE USE OF SOIL AS A BARRIER�24

DRAINAGE�24

POTENTIAL FOR GROUND SLIPPAGE / COLLAPSE and EROSION�25

MOULD AND MICROBES�25

SPIDERS AND BUGS�25

SOIL TYPES�26

POWER AND LIGHTING�26

FLOORING AND FLOOR COVERINGS�27

D�COR�27

BUNKERS AND CHILDREN�27

BENCHES, SHELVES AND HOOKS�28

COMMUNICATIONS�28

SIGNAGE�29

MAKING YOUR FIRE BUNKER BLEND IN / LOOK GOOD.�29

OXYGEN / AIR SUPPLY TANKS & COMPRESSORS�29

COUNCIL PERMITS – AND THE RAMIFICATIONS OF IGNORING THEM�31

ONE DIY FIRE BUNKER BUILDER’S EXPERIENCE WITH COUNCIL�32

LIABILITY AND INSURANCE ISSUES�32

BUILDERS�32

WARRANTIES�33

THE IMPORTANCE OF ADEQUATE INSURANCE ON YOUR HOUSE & OTHER ASSETS�33

COSTS and TIME�33

MAINTENANCE�33

THINGS YOU MAY WISH TO PUT IN YOUR BUNKER TO BE FULLY PREPARED�34

THINGS YOU SHOULD LEAVE OUT OF YOUR BUNKER�36

THINGS YOU SHOULD NOT DO IN YOUR BUNKER�36

PREPARATION FOR BUNKER USE – YOUR FIRE BUNKER PLAN�36

WHAT TO DO BEFORE YOU HEAD INTO YOUR BUNKER�36

WHAT TO DO AS YOU HEAD INTO YOUR BUNKER�37

AFTER THE FIRE HAS PASSED�38

CLOTHING�38

IF YOU THINK THE RULES NEED TO BE CHANGED, OR MORE RESEARCH IS REQUIRED- DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT�39

BUNKER BUILDING STORIES�40

LINKS�40

New building codes�41

NEWS ARTICLES�42

BUSHFIRE TALK�42

COMMERCIAL BUNKERS AVAILABLE FOR SALE�42

OTHER PRODUCTS & USEFUL EQUIPMENT LINKS�45

SAMPLE DESIGN, WITH 2 DOORS AND PROTECTED ENTRANCES�47

ROOFING – POSSIBLE CONSTRUCTION METHOD.�48

ROOFING – CONSTRUCTION METHOD IF TWO WALLS�49

DIAGRAM OF SAME STRUCTURE WITH LOCKABLE STORAGE AREA FOR WINE OR OTHER ITEMS.�50

EXAMPLE OF MODIFIED CONCRETE TANK.�51

BEST POSITION ON THE SITE��� (also see next page)�52

BEST POSITION ON THE SITE (continued).�53

LOW VOLTAGE VENTILATION SYSTEM�54

SIGNS�55

THE HIDDEN IMPACTS OF BUSHFIRES�56

EQUIPMENT AND OTHER HELPFUL STUFF�56

THAT’S IT.�57

AGE ARTICLE�59