Spate of fires sparks warn­ing

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

WITH the spate of se­ri­ous fires around the re­gion re­cently, Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices is urg­ing res­i­dents to be vig­i­lant about safety when it comes to fire haz­ards in and around the home.

QFES Bundaberg sta­tion of­fi­cer Jonathon Black­ley said ap­proach­ing win­ter, it was im­por­tant to check and ser­vice equip­ment such as elec­tric blan­kets, heaters and gas fit­tings.

“With the shorter days and colder weather, more peo­ple are also us­ing dry­ers so it is im­por­tant to en­sure that your lint fil­ter is al­ways clean and all of your heat­ing equip­ment is main­tained and ser­vice­able,” he said.

Mr Black­ley said fires could spread ex­cep­tion­ally fast, so hav­ing the right equip­ment in­stalled at home was para­mount.

“One of the big­gest things is, by law, hav­ing a smoke de­tec­tor that op­er­ates,” he said.

“Make sure you test it. We say ‘Don’t be a fool, check it on April 1’.

“Com­ing to the end of April it is a timely re­minder for peo­ple who haven’t checked it to make sure they do be­fore the on­set of win­ter.

“A smoke de­tec­tor is your first and last line of de­fence, es­pe­cially when you are sleep­ing or at night-time,” he said.

Mr Black­ley said he had been to a num­ber of house fires and the re­sults were al­ways dev­as­tat­ing for ev­ery­one in­volved.

“It is heart­break­ing for us, par­tic­u­larly when there is an in­jury or death,” he said.

“But also just the loss of all your his­tory and fam­ily heir­looms and even some of the ma­te­rial things you lose that you don’t think about that cost money to re­place, even if you do have in­sur­ance.”

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