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Residential High Rise Evacuation

Gas explosion rocks Bondi Junction penthouseGas Explosion Takes Out Lifts. On 30 March 2009 a gas explosion occurred on level 29 in the plant room area of a residential high-rise building in Spring Street, Bondi Junction, where two plumbers were working on a gas-fired water heater. There was no ongoing fire, but the blast wave travelled down a riser and blew in most of the doors on levels 23 and above, including the fire stair and lift doors, making the lifts inoperable. Walls were blown out on the top two levels and there were cracks in the stairwell at level 26, which progressively worsened onRead More
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Interconnected Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Here’s Why You Need Them in Your Home

Only working smoke alarms save lives_portraitThere are now laws in place in Victoria, Queensland and other parts of Australia that require any new homes, or homes that are significantly renovated, to install interconnected smoke alarms wherever more than one alarm is required.  As the name implies, interconnected smoke alarms are connected to each other, which means that if one alarm is activated, all of the alarms in the home will automatically go off. This provides you with full home coverage, a simple but critical step that saves lives. According to Emergency Services Victoria, more than 60 Australians die in a house fire every year, andRead More
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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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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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Why Every Home Needs a Carbon Monoxide Alarm

If 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. ThroughRead More
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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

2020 & 2021 Daylight Saving 4 Oct 2020 – Daylight Saving Time Starts When local standard time is about to reach Sunday, 4 October 2020, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned forward 1 hour to Sunday, 4 October 2020, 3:00:00 am local daylight time instead. 4 Apr 2021 – Daylight Saving Time Ends When local daylight time is about to reach Sunday, 4 April 2021, 3:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to Sunday, 4 April 2021, 2:00:00 am local standard time instead. 3 Oct 2021 – Daylight Saving Time Starts When local standard time is about to reach Sunday, 3 October 2021, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned forward 1 hour to Sunday, 3 October 2021, 3:00:00Read More