Fire safety at home

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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


FIRE SMART: Childers Fire Ser­vice Act­ing Cap­tain Tim Bunn and Lei Gary Gra­ham. Photo:

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