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Queensland Interconnected 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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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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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
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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 workmates, 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 a workingRead More
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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
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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
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The Dangers Of Bushfire Smoke And How To Stay Safe in Fire

Everybody knows the harm that bushfires can cause, and in many areas of Australia we live with the threat of bushfires every summer. But when most people think of the injuries bushfires cause to the people who are exposed, they usually imagine that the fire itself is the only risk – when in fact in many cases it’s the bushfire smoke that creates the most health problems. Why Is Bushfire Smoke So Dangerous? Bushfire smoke is made up of water vapour, gases and both small and large particles. It contains carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides, and the levelsRead More