5 tips to prepare your home for the upcoming dry season

The Bureau of Meteorology has announced a 75% to 85% chance of an El Niño climate developing by the end of the year. These especially dry conditions bring substantial risks to many Australians such as heatwave, bushfires, tropical cyclone, severe thunderstorms and flooding. Summer is a time where you want to make the most out of the warmer weather and longer daylight hours. By being proactive and reading the 5 tips for the dry season below, you can help minimise the risks to your home and loved ones.

El Nino Winter Impacts Map
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1. Check and Clean your Gutters

Damaged, leaking, or dislodged guttering poses a significant threat to homes in suburbs with a high fire risk. Early spring is the ideal time to start considering getting your gutters in top shape.


September typically brings the first hot and dry days of the season, which is quite common. Pause for a second and remember the last time that you cleaned your gutters. Can you remember? Make sure you keep an eye on them, as just a few leaves are enough to cause blockages. 


As a rule of thumb, we recommend cleaning your gutters 1-2 times a year minimum. If you’ve never had them inspected before, It’s time to reach out to a professional plumber.

2. Maintain your Vegetation

Beautiful Home

In preparation for dry conditions, assess your garden and make necessary adjustments. Choose drought-tolerant plants that need less water and can withstand heat. Apply mulch to keep moisture in the soil and prevent weed growth. Consider installing a drip irrigation system to ensure efficient water distribution. Additionally, regularly maintain your garden by pruning dead or overhanging branches near your home’s roof or power lines, reducing the risk of fire hazards around your property.


Furthermore, it’s important to keep your garden well-maintained by watering and removing dry or dead vegetation. Dry plants and debris act as fuel for fires, making proper garden maintenance crucial, especially during this dry season.

3. Check and maintain fire safety equipment

Holding a Smoke Detector

Australia has a desert or semi-arid climate. This means that dry seasons bring an increased risk of bushfires to our land. It is especially crucial to have your fire safety equipment in working order by the end of winter. Remember, when maintaining any safety equipment, you are not only protecting yourself, but your loved ones too. 


Functioning smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are not only a legal requirement, but they could also potentially save your life. Fire extinguishers should be emptied, pressure tested, and refilled every 5 years, with extra servicing requirements at 3, 5, or 6 years. Remember to record the tests and intervals on a label or metal tag attached to the unit. Test your smoke detectors by pressing the ‘TEST’ button to ensure they are working correctly, and replace backup batteries if necessary. If you need help with your smoke detector, contacting an electrician may be helpful.

4. Conserve water

watering the garden

During El Niño, water shortages can become a pressing issue, and water resources may be limited. Implementing water-saving measures such as water saving shower heads and fixing aerators to all taps, can help you reduce your consumption. A rainwater tank is another great way to conserve water as you can use rainwater for various uses such as watering your garden or cleaning. 

Additionally, ensure that you practise water conservation measures, such as fixing leaks, using water-efficient appliances, and minimising outdoor water usage. Conserving water benefits both your household and the environment year round.


Check the Water Restrictions your state may have. Use hand held hoses, sprinklers, and watering systems before 10am and after 4pm to avoid the heat of the day.

5. Don't waste unnecessary money

Couple Worrying about Expensive Bill

Many Australians opt to cool themselves in spring and summer, by leaving their air conditioners on for extended periods of time. These extended periods all add up to your household’s electricity bill. According to Red Energy, running a small air conditioning unit can cost anywhere from $0.25 per hour, to over $3.00 per hour for ducted units. 

Regarding air conditioners, it is advisable to ensure yours is prepared for the heat by having it serviced. Remember to clean the filters, coils, and ducts regularly. If you need additional assistance with your air conditioner, it may be beneficial to hire a professional.

Preparing your home for the predicted El Niño season is necessary to ensure the safety, comfort, and peace of mind for your household. By following our 5 tips, you can minimise the known risks associated with the dry season and ensure that your home is ready to face the challenges that the upcoming hot months bring.


As well as following the tips in this article, it’s critical to establish an escape plan and make sure that your household is aware of it. This is especially important for those that live in bushfire prone-areas of the country. By taking precaution and remaining vigilant, you will be able to protect your loved ones and prevent any injuries.