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Teach your Children to Get Down Low and Go, Go, Go

How to teach your kids to be fire safe, and get out safely if a house fire occurs. House 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 are some tips to help you get your family fire ready. Plan to Survive Every home should have a written fire escape plan, and you should shareRead More
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Change Your Clocks, Check your Smoke Alarms

2018 & 2019 Daylight Saving 1 Apr 2018 – Daylight Saving Time Ended When local daylight time was about to reach Sunday, 1 April 2018, 3:00:00 am clocks were turned backward 1 hour to Sunday, 1 April 2018, 2:00:00 am local standard time instead. 7 Apr 2019 – Daylight Saving Time Ends When local daylight time is about to reach Sunday, 7 April 2019, 3:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to Sunday, 7 April 2019, 2:00:00 am local standard time instead. 6 Oct 2019 – Daylight Saving Time Starts When local standard time is about to reach Sunday, 6 October 2019, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned forward 1 hour to Sunday, 6 October 2019, 3:00:00Read More
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Queensland Smoke Alarm Law Change

From January 1, 2017 Queensland Government legislation was introduced to improve public safety. This legislation should also be considered a minimum requirement accross Australia. The legislation applied to all dwellings across the state, and specifies the type, placement and operation of smoke alarms in homes. The laws will be phased in over 10 years, at different rates for new and existing homes, and aim to make sure all houses in Queensland are fitted with effective smoke alarms to prevent loss of life. Why were the new laws so important requiring all homes install Interconnected, Photoelectric Smoke Alarms in Queensland? FireRead More
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How to Have a Fire Safe Sleepover

What you need to know before you let your kids stay overnight Emergencies 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 helpRead More
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Safe Emergency Evacuation of Schools

With the holidays now over, and the anticipation of the school year ahead, it’s an exciting time for kids, parents and teachers alike. With every new year, there’s new challenges, and teachers have been busy planning – and this goes beyond just classes and the curriculum. Staff at all schools need to have plans in place to make sure that in the event of an emergency, everyone can get out safely. An evacuation in a school is particularly challenging – that’s why having an emergency evacuation plan that caters for everyone – including those with mobility limitations – is essential.Read More
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How to Safely Evacuate Children From Upper Floors

Why emergency evacuation ladders are a must-have for families in multi-storey dwellings Every home and workplace needs an evacuation plan – and if you live or work in a multi-storey building, you’ll also need to plan how occupants, including children, will escape if the usual exits are blocked. An emergency evacuation ladder provides an affordable and practical solution, transforming almost any upper-storey window into a portable fire escape. And importantly, they can be used to carry children and infants safely to the ground in the event of a fire. This makes them a potentially life-saving emergency tool – and oneRead More
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Emergency Management and Evacuation

General Requirements All buildings must develop, implement and adopt emergency plans to ensure a safe environment for employees, residents and visitors. When developing these plans the needs of people with disabilities must be considered. Ideally, all visitors should be able to independently evacuate from a level of a building, other than the entry level by way of an evacuation lift. However, it is acknowledged that buildings may not have been constructed to provide this level of accessibility in evacuation routes. Where a person might have difficulty negotiating an exit route (i.e. using a fire stairs), each building must implement someRead More
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How To Prepare For An Emergency Evacuation In Childcare Centres And Hospitals

If an emergency strikes in a child care facility or a hospital where children are being cared for, the task of getting everyone out safely is challenging. Because babies and children all need extra assistance in an emergency situation any evacuation is going to take longer than usual – which is why having an escape plan and the right emergency equipment is vital. Today, over 900,000 children attend formal child care. Childcare centre managers and staff have an ethical and legal responsibility to provide a safe environment for all children in their care. It’s up to them to make sure that ifRead More
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Evacuation of people with a disability

In May 2011, new Federal and State legislation was introduced to improve access to buildings for people with a disability. The new access provisions do not specifically address egress or evacuation provisions for people with a disability, but there are still legal obligations that need to be met under the Federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation. It is important for key stakeholders to understand their obligations and explore all appropriate options to ensure that people with a disability will be able to evacuate a building in an emergency. Defining ‘disability’ The term ‘disability’Read More
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Trouble With Your Smoke Alarm? Here’s How to Fix It

Every home and workplace needs a smoke alarm – and it needs to be working to save lives. So how can you keep yours in good order, so that it’s ready for action? By testing your alarm monthly and replacing the battery at least yearly, you should avoid most problems. But if you’re having issues with your smoke alarm, our troubleshooting guide is here to help. Why is My Smoke Alarm Going Off When There’s No Fire? First and foremost, check your surroundings closely to make sure that there is definitely no fire. Next, visit the kitchen to make sureRead More