Posted on

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
Posted on

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
Posted on

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
Posted on

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
Posted on

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
Posted on

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
Posted on

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
Posted on

How to Choose the Best Smoke Detector

Installing smoke detectors in your home or workplace is essential – they provide early warning, giving you, your family and your work mates, the best chance of escape in the event of a fire. In most states of Australia, it’s compulsory to install working smoke alarms – and the statistics show that they work. According to the Metropolitan Fire Brigade you are 57% more likely to suffer property loss and damage, 26% more likely to suffer serious injuries, and four times more likely to die, if you are caught in a fire in a building that does not have aRead More
Posted on

Facts About Carbon Monoxide

The Hidden Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Headache Dizziness Irritability Confusion/Memory loss Disorientation Nausea and vomiting Abnormal reflexes Difficulty in coordinating Difficulty in breathing Chest Pain Cerebral Edema Convulsions/Seizures Coma Death SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS Often, several members of the same family or those in a given building will complain of the same symptoms. Children are thought to be more susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning than adults. Some people may not suspect that CO poisoning is occurring until major symptoms appear. Carbon Monoxide poisoning can mimic gastroenteritis (nausea and vomiting). Other manifestations may cause the appearance of what may appear toRead More
Posted on

How to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is a silent killer. It is colourless, odourless and tasteless, which means it cannot be detected in the air by humans. Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause serious long-term health problems and even death. So where is the danger – and how can you avoid it? Products That May Omit Carbon Monoxide There are many everyday products that can emit carbon monoxide when in use. These include electrical generators, equipment that is diesel or petrol powered, heaters that use gas or kerosene, and fireplaces and barbeques that use wood, charcoal or gas. These appliances should only be used inRead More