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Which Smoke Alarm Do I Install, It Is So Confusing

Red R10RF Photoelectric Smoke Alarm 10 Year Lithium Battery Wireless InterconnectSo, you are looking to buy smoke alarms for your home but website after website provide so many options its overwhelming to know which ones to select. We have provided the following guide to explain it for you. Standard Smoke Alarms – 9V Battery Only These are the most basic smoke alarms that are available. They are not wired into the home and require yearly 9V battery replacement. evaculife.com.au/product/red-r9-photoelectric-smoke-alarm-9v-battery/ Standard Smoke Alarms – 10 Year Battery These are a standard stand-alone smoke alarm. They are not wired into the home and do not require battery replacement for the life ofRead More
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This world-class evacuation chair for stairs makes emergency management compliance simple

Complying with national emergency evacuation management standards can be complicated: special planning is required for evacuating people with disability, infants and sick or elderly people. For the buildings, workplaces and facilities in which people with limited mobility live, work or receive treatment, purpose-built equipment – such as emergency evacuation chairs – is essential in order to meet the Australian Standard regulations for planning for emergencies. Keeping everyone safe in a multi-storey building while also ensuring compliance with these standards doesn’t need to be so complicated. Industry-leading equipment, which is designed to meet specific regulations around emergency evacuation planning for hospitalsRead More
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The innovative baby evacuation device upgrading hospital evacuation plans around the world

Evacu_B-Emergency-Baby-Evacuation-Close-UpHospitals around the world are updating – and upgrading – their emergency evacuation plans with an innovative baby evacuation device which enables the safe and speedy rescue of up to six babies at a time. This may sound like hype, but consider this: with game-changing safety features which directly solve the problems with traditional infant evacuation devices, it’s no surprise that emergency planning committees are scrambling to make the switch. If you manage a nursery, NICU or SBCU as part of a hospital evacuation plan, you’ll want to know about the Evacu B baby evacuation device. Here’s why. A failsafeRead More
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Training teams for timely NICU evacuation

Training teams for timely NICU evacuationIn late August 2011, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake – the strongest east of the Mississippi since 1944 – shook Washington, D.C., with such force that it cracked the Washington Monument and damaged the National Cathedral. On the sixth floor of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Children’s National in Washington, D.C., staff felt the hospital swaying from side to side. After the shaking stopped, they found the natural disaster exposed another fault: The unit’s 200-plus staff members were not all equally knowledgeable or confident regarding the unit’s plan for evacuating its 66 newborns or their own specific role duringRead More
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The Rising Risks of Vertical Schools for Students and Teachers

Multi Story SchoolsWith the popularity of vertical schools in Australia on the rise, Evaculife Managing Director Bruce Bromley said schools are now needing to address the additional risks related to fire safety in multi-story structures more than ever before. The increase in vertical schools is a response to the growing demand for education in cities, with recent reports suggesting that Victoria will need an extra 220 schools by 2026. The first vertical school in Australia opened in 1976, however Victoria now has a handful of inner-city schools, with one opening in South Melbourne earlier this year. As an Accredited Disability Access ConsultantRead More
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Children and Fire: Essential Safety Information to Keep Them Safe

Every year, a significant number of house fires are started by curious children playing with lighters or matches. These fires cause damage, injuries and death, and the majority could be avoided. In this article, we’ll share some tips to help you understand why children light fires, explain why you must educate them and show you how to identify and remove potential risks in your home to keep your kids and your family safe. Keep Fire Out of Reach Always store lighters and matches well out of reach of children, preferably in a locked cabinet or cupboard up high. Never storeRead More
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We could have easily had our own Grenfell UK disaster

Grenfell Fire DisasterWith this month marking 12 months since the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in London that claimed 72 lives, Evaculife Managing Director Bruce Bromley said the La Crosse building could have easily experienced a similar fate if it were a different time of day. “A few more sprinkler heads activated, a different time of day, a different wind, the system would have been overrun and we could easily have had our own Grenfell UK disaster. “What most people do not realise with the La Crosse fire in Docklands is the wind blew the smoke and flames away from the building, andRead More
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Home Fire Safety Tips for High-Risk Groups

When it comes to home fire safety, some groups and individuals have a higher risk of injury or death. Most vulnerable are children under five and adults aged 65 plus, as both are twice as likely to die in a residential fire than the general population. Other high-risk groups are people with disability including reduced mobility, cognitive impairment, hearing loss or blindness. If anyone in your home is in a high-risk group, it’s essential that your home fire escape plan includes the extra steps required to assist them in an emergency. Read on to learn some important tips to helpRead More
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How to Make an Effective Home Fire Escape Plan

Fire Safety Planning with Hip Hop the Fire Safety KangarooIf a fire starts in your home it can spread rapidly, which is why the warning from your smoke alarm is critical to your survival. However, once a smoke alarm sounds you may only have one or two minutes to get out safely, so having an effective fire escape plan is also a must. Making a plan and ensuring your home is well prepared for a house fire doesn’t take much time or effort, and it can be the difference between life and death. To help you put your plan together, here are 7 simple steps to creating an effectiveRead More
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Stairway Evacuation Devices, Fire Engineering Reports and the Building Codes

Fire Engineering Buildings are becoming more and more fire engineered. This means that a Fire Engineer has been involved in developing an approved and compliant building design that meets the ‘Performance Requirements’ of the Building Code of Australia (BCA). When a Fire Engineer writes a Fire Engineering Report and proposes the adoption of an ‘Alternative Solution’ as a form of compliance with the BCA, there must be a consideration for the needs of people with disability in the evacuation plans and procedures for the building. Applicable ‘Deemed-to-Satisfy’ Provisions The current BCA has very few ‘Deemed-to-Satisfy’ access provisions pertaining to theRead More