Spate of fires sparks warning
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.”
Find out more at www.fire.qld.gov.au