Common sense can prevent fires
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.