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Why Every Home Needs a Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Friday, 12 May 2017 1:28:12 pm Australia/Melbourne

Hip Hop Carbon Monoxide the Silent KillerIf you’re like most people, you probably haven’t thought too much about carbon monoxide. But carbon monoxide is a common cause of fatal poisoning in homes around the world – and the number of cases of poisoning is on the rise in Australia too.

In 2010, Chase and Tyler Robinson died from carbon monoxide poisoning from an unserviced gas heater in their rental property. They were only eight and six years old.

The Chase & Tyler Foundation is a national, not-for-profit organisation which was established to reduce the number of deaths and injuries throughout Australia caused by carbon monoxide. Through the efforts of the foundation to educate communities about this health hazard, Chase and Tyler’s legacy of saving Australian lives will live on.

It’s a colourless, odourless and non-irritant gas, which means you can’t tell when it’s present in the air – so you may not realise the danger until it’s too late.

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Posted By Bruce Bromley

Get Down Low and Go, Go, Go

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 3:55:00 pm Australia/Melbourne

Get Down Low and Go Go GoHouse fires in Australia are all too common – on average there are 3000 house fires every year in Victoria alone. If you have children, you must educate them on the risk of house fires, and practise your escape plan so they’ll know what to do if they are ever caught in a fire. Here’s some tips to help you get your family fire ready.

Every home should have a written fire escape plan, and you should share and practise it with your kids. As a minimum, your escape plan should include at least two exit points from every room and a safe meeting place outside. It should also include measures for anyone with mobility limitations like babies, the elderly and those with a disability. Get your kids involved in making your plan, as this will help them remember what to do.

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Posted By Bruce Bromley

Change Your Clocks, Check your Smoke Alarms

Friday, 10 March 2017 11:25:27 pm Australia/Melbourne

Change Your Clocks, Check Your Smoke Alarms                                          Smoke alarms save lives by giving you and your family an early warning if a fire starts in your home. In fact, in the event of a house fire you’re four times more likely to die if your home doesn’t have a working smoke alarm. That’s why it’s essential that you not only have smoke alarms installed in your home, but that you also keep them in good working order. By performing some simple checks and keeping up regular maintenance, you’ll make sure they’re working effectively and are ready to spring into action if they’re ever needed,

2017 Daylight Saving

DST Start (Clock Forward) Sunday, October 1, 2:00am (First Sunday of the month)
Daylight saving is not observed in Queensland, the Northern Territory or Western  Australia           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                

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Posted By Bruce Bromley

Queensland Smoke Alarm Law Change

Saturday, 18 February 2017 10:13:47 am Australia/Melbourne

Slacks Creek Home Fire TradgedyFire and Emergency Services Minister Bill Byrne introduced the bill in September 2016 in response to the coroner’s report on Australia’s worst house fire. Eleven people, including eight children were killed in the 2011 house fire in Slacks Creek, south of Brisbane. At the time of the fire, two smoke alarms were fitted in the house, but neither had worked for a number of years. In his findings, Coroner James McDougall stated there was a “reasonable prospect that all or some of the victims could have escaped” had the smoke alarms been working at the time of the fire.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Katrina Carroll says that working smoke alarms are critical in all homes, with research indicating they reduce the risk of death in a house fire by up to 50%. She welcomes the law’s requirement that photoelectric alarms be used. “Photoelectric smoke alarms are more effective at detecting a wider range of fires and are good at sensing smouldering fires or thick smoke,” she says.

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Posted By Bruce Bromley

How to Have a Fire Safe Sleepover

Thursday, 9 February 2017 8:55:00 pm Australia/Melbourne

children having a sleepover at a friendsEmergencies can happen any time – and when your children sleep over at a friend or relative’s house, as a parent you need to know that the home they are staying in is safe. With an average of 3000 house fires each year in Victoria, it’s essential that every home has basic fire safety measures in place. Before you agree to your child sleeping over, you need to know that if a fire was to happen overnight, the parents in charge have a well-drilled escape plan to help get your kids out safely. So how can you be sure? Here we provide some tips and a handy fire safe sleepover checklist of questions to ask, that will give you peace of mind that your kids are staying in a safe place.

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Posted By Bruce Bromley
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