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Safety Tips and Home Fire Facts
DON'T LET DEADLOCKS BLOCK YOUR ESCAPE
• Your life could depend on how quickly you are able to
get out of your home in the event of a fire.
• Smoke spreads quickly, cutting visibility and causing
• Don't deadlock doors when inside the house.
• If you need to use the deadlock while home, leave the
key in the lock.
LEARN BASIC FIRST AID
• Stop the burning process.
• Remove clothing, unless it has stuck to the skin.
• Cool the burn.
• Immerse or flood the burnt area in cool running water
for 15 to 20 minutes. Never use oil, butter or ointment.
• Cover the burn with a clean cloth or cling wrap and keep
the patient warm.
• See a doctor if the burn is blistered, larger than a twenty
cent coin or on the face, hands, feet or genitals.
• Telephone 000 (Triple Zero) for an ambulance.
Only working smoke alarms save lives. Did you know that
while you are asleep you are unlikely to smell smoke?
A working smoke alarm is vital for making sure you will
wake up in the event of a fire.
Recommendations for smoke alarms include:
• Using long-lasting 9V alkaline batteries in your smoke
alarm -- by doing this you ensure year-round protection.
• Using the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to
dust around the smoke alarm.
• Installing photo-electric smoke alarms rather than
ionisation smoke alarms where possible.
• Testing smoke alarms once a month using a broom
handle -- the alarm should produce a beeping sound
when the test button is pressed.
• Replacing all smoke alarms (both battery powered
and 240v hard-wired) after ten years (the year of
manufacture is displayed on the alarm).
• Purchasing smoke alarms that meet Australian
Standards. Look for the AS3786 marking.
DO YOUR CHILDREN KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN
THE SMOKE ALARM GOES OFF?
Take some time to remind family members what actions
to take if they smell smoke or see flames inside the home.
Simple actions like getting down low and crawling under
smoke saves lives, and every family should have a home
fire escape plan that identifies all possible escape routes
WHY IS COUNCIL INVOLVED WITH FIRE MANAGEMENT?
Moorabool Shire has an obligation to contribute towards
community fire safety. Council recognises the potential
threat fire poses to the community and aims to reduce this
threat by working cohesively with agencies to develop and
implement a Municipal Fire Management Plan and carry
out an annual program of works aimed at reducing fire risk
across the community.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION VISIT WWW.MOORABOOL.VIC.GOV.AU
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