Com­mon sense can pre­vent fires

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE -

PEO­PLE head­ing to Vic­to­ria’s Alpine re­gion for the ski sea­son are en­cour­aged to learn some fire safety tips and stay safe this win­ter.

Min­is­ter for Po­lice and Emer­gency Ser­vices Kim Wells said many peo­ple think CFA bri­gades wind down over the win­ter months, but Alpine bri­gades were gear­ing up for the an­nual tourism boom that comes with the ski sea­son.

“Most win­ter fires are pre­ventable and are caused by dan­ger­ous mis­takes such as over­load­ing a power board or dry­ing clothes too close to heaters,” Mr Wells said.

“We want ev­ery­one to have a good time this win­ter.

“No one wants their lodge or hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion to suf­fer fire.

“The CFA has a cou­ple of very sim­ple pre­cau­tions peo­ple need to take to en­sure, what should be, a happy hol­i­day does not turn into tragedy.”

CFA of­fi­cers were sta­tioned at Hotham and Falls Creek last month to help lo­cal bri­gades with emer­gency man­age­ment and com­mu­nity li­ai­son through­out the ski sea­son.

“Th­ese bri­gades are an in­te­gral part of the Alpine com­mu­ni­ties and our fire­fight­ers do an ex­cel­lent job giv­ing fire and emer­gency safety ad­vice to res­i­dents and visi­tors in our alpine ar­eas,” Mr Wells said.

“Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple will be vis­it­ing our moun­tain re­sorts this win­ter, so I want to en­cour­age hol­i­day­mak­ers, lodge own­ers and ac­com­mo­da­tion man­agers to chat to the brigade mem­bers about fire and emer­gency safety.

Mr Wells said if you’re vis­it­ing the re­gion and stay­ing in a chalet or hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion, know the exit routes and es­cape plan.

“If you’re re­turn­ing from the slopes with wet clothes, don’t leave them dry­ing on a heater be­cause there could be dis­as­trous con­se­quences,” he said.

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