The Bushfire Buddy by Gutter Block

The Bushfire Buddy by Gutter Block is a simple, clever and innovative product that helps you defend your family home by letting you block your downpipes quickly and easily when a bushfire threatens. Once the gutters are blocked, you can backfill your gutters and prevent embers from igniting leaf matter and other debris which can lead to a fire.

No more using tennis balls, sand bags or climbing ladders to install them! Block your gutters easily with a simple turn of the handle. The handle rotates Bushfire Buddy’s internal valve to form a perfect seal.


Installing a Bushfire Buddy device on every downpipe around your home is easy. See our instruction sheet for details. If you’re a handy person you can do it yourself by following the included instruction sheet. A few basic tools is all you need.

Or, if you want to make the job even easier, contact a local tradesman, like a plumber or roofing contractor, to get the job done.

All Bushfire Buddys should be positioned so they it can be easily accessed by the elderly or disabled. Each Bushfire Buddy can be painted to match your downpipes.

If you have rectangular 100 x 65mm downpipes, two 100 x 65mm to 90mm PVC Downpipe Adaptors can be used to allow the Bushfire Buddy to be added.


Turn each Gutter Block handle 90 degrees to rotate the internal valve and form a water-tight seal in your downpipes. Then you’re ready to fill your gutters and protect them from the danger of drifting bushfire embers. When a bushfire threatens your home, use your on-roof sprinkler system to dispense the water, or a hose can be used.

The easily visible red handle allows country fire service personel to easily identify that your home is equipped with Bushfire Buddy and determine whether the valves have been engaged. They can activate each Bushfire Buddy and use their fire hoses to fill your gutters.