Fire safety is crit­i­cal and it’s our busi­ness

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

FIRE safety is ev­ery­one’s busi­ness and it’s im­por­tant that we all un­der­stand the reper­cus­sions that could take place if we don’t.

In this week’s Cen­tral and North Bur­nett Times, one of our jour­nal­ists chats to the North Bur­nett QFES about fire safety and in par­tic­u­lar how im­por­tant it is dur­ing the colder months. Be­lieve me, it is vi­tal. When I was an in­tern jour­nal­ism stu­dent I cov­ered a few out of con­trol fires in the Wide Bay, some due to elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances and home own­ers not pro­tect­ing them­selves with fire alarms. Th­ese prob­lems oc­cur but if we can get on top of it now, we will be much bet­ter off.

I re­mem­ber an in­ci­dent oc­cur­ring when I was a kid.

I re­ceived a ra­dio de­signed in the year 2000 for my sixth birth­day.

If you can re­mem­ber back 17 years ago ra­dios were de­signed dif­fer­ently to the way they are now.

This one had ca­bles com­ing out of it – a blue, red and black one – which was used to pro­gram the ra­dio and an­other one to tune the chan­nels in.

One day I was play­ing around with it and it zapped me – it wasn’t just a zap but a slight elec­tri­cal shock, and it hurt.

I found out the next day the ap­pli­ance was faulty. Can you imag­ine if this was left alone at home with no­body there?

Fires start all the time by faulty ap­pli­ances, it can hap­pen but we’ve got to be care­ful. The first thing we’ve got to be is fire trained.

Are you?

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