Gal­ston Ru­ral Fire Brigade News

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Nsw Rural Fire Service Reports - By Kara Dubois Brigade Con­tact De­tails: Duty mo­bile: 0491 119 152 Email: info@gal­ston­rfb.org.au

Gorge Diesel Spill

The Gal­ston Gorge was closed in both di­rec­tions for part of the day in mid-June. Gal­ston RFB and lo­cal brigades as­sisted emer­gency ser­vices and the RMS in a large clean-up op­er­a­tion after a truck crashed into the bridge at the bot­tom of the gorge, dam­ag­ing the bridge and the truck’s fuel tank. The rup­tured fuel tank caused diesel to spill along the en­tire western side of the gorge road­way. The in­ci­dent re­quired a large amount of ab­sorbent ma­te­rial to be utilised in or­der to soak up the diesel and re-open the road for mo­torists.

Win­ter Home Fire Safety

There are hun­dreds of pre­ventable fires in Syd­ney each year that orig­i­nate in the home. Last win­ter fire­fight­ers at­tended more than 1,100 house fires across the state and the NSW SES re­ceived 3,846 calls for as­sis­tance.

In 2018 to date there has been ap­prox­i­mately 1,400 house fires and five fa­tal­i­ties.

Don’t be com­pla­cent with the ap­proach it ‘won’t hap­pen to you’. Be proac­tive with home fire safety and start by iden­ti­fy­ing and chang­ing risky be­hav­iour and habits.

Some help­ful tips to be fire safe dur­ing the colder months in­clude: • Test smoke alarms reg­u­larly and change the bat­tery at least once

ev­ery 12 months.

• Never leave cook­ing in the kitchen unat­tended. 45% of house

fires in NSW orig­i­nate in the kitchen.

• Keep ev­ery­thing one me­tre away from your heater.

• Never place cloth­ing over heaters.

• Never use wheat bags in bed.

• Don’t over­load power points and switch off house­hold ap­pli­ances

when not in use.

• Store your elec­tric blan­ket safely – roll don't fold.

• Clean your lint fil­ter be­fore or after each use.

• Have a home es­cape plan. Iden­tify at least two ways out of each room. Prac­tise the plan with your fam­ily so ev­ery­one knows how to get out.

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