Fire safety at home
CHILDERS in recent months has experienced three house fires and with winter and the cooler nights ahead, many will be reaching for electric heaters.
Smoke alarms are recommended to be installed into every Queensland residential and commercial property, and fitted with a photoelectric smoke alarm.
When you sleep, your sense of smell also sleeps and fire, toxic fumes may overcome you before you wake.
Smoke alarms detect smoke and sounds an alarm when activated, giving you time to evacuate.
Ideally, each bedroom should have a smoke detector, including one in the main living area, kitchen and hallway.
Avoid placing the device near windows, air-conditioning, fans and doorways. Also avoid installing the device in or near bathrooms as steam can activate the alarm.
A fire blanket should be in every home. It is easy to use and contains a fire instantly. You should have the blanket in the kitchen as many house fires start in the kitchen.
For further information on installing devices and becoming a volunteer visit www.qfes.qld.gov.au.
FIRE SMART: Childers Fire Service Acting Captain Tim Bunn and Lei Gary Graham. Photo: