Blan­ket vi­tal to safety

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE com­mu­nity is be­ing re­minded to make sure it is pre­pared in case of a fire, af­ter one dis­tracted ten­ant’s home was saved only by quick ac­tion and pre­pared­ness.

Port Dou­glas Fire Ser­vice was called to a Warner St property last Fri­day around 1.30pm, af­ter re­ports of a kitchen fire.

Thanks to the quick ac­tion of the ten­ant and neigh­bours armed with a fire ex­tin­guisher and fire blan­ket, the fire was con­tained un­til the fire ser­vice ar­rived.

Port Dou­glas Fire cap­tain Louie Leone said even with the quick ac­tion, the fire was still not fully ex­tin­guished.

‘‘(But) their ac­tions slowed the fire from spread­ing, min­imis­ing the dam­age to the house,’’ he said.

‘‘The fire was con­fined to the kitchen and only the elec­tri­cal stove was lost.

‘‘Ac­ci­den­tal kitchen fires are very com­mon and a fire blan­ket when used cor­rectly can help ex­tin­guish a fire.

‘‘By plac­ing them over pots or other cook­ing uten­sils, for ex­am­ple the oil in the fry pan, the fire blan­ket over it will re­duce and stop the oxy­gen to the fire, stop­ping it from spread­ing, and ex­tin­guish­ing the flames.’’

But people are re­minded to never re­move the fire blan­ket un­til they are 100 per cent sure the fire is out and to call 000 as soon as pos­si­ble.

Hav­ing a work­ing do­mes­tic size fire ex­tin­guisher in the home can also help save life and property.

And of course, the best tool that any home can have is a work­ing fire alarm.

For more in­for­ma­tion and tips visit www.fire.qld.gov.au

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