Use a Qualified Electrician and Avoid House Fires

October 30, 2015 Fire Chief 0

Fire safety is everybody’s concern. A tiny spark can quickly lead to fire-related deaths through burns and/or suffocation. Fires in the home can also cost a huge amount, with many common household items often contributing to the hastened spread of the flames. Family members, particularly young children, should be taught about simple tips on emergency preparedness and response in case of fire. Awareness and careful forward planning could save your life, or the life of someone you love. Basic Tips Installing smoke alarms in your home will minimize the possibility of fire related deaths by about 50 percent. Ensure your equipment is always in good condition and functioning properly at all times. It is best to have these alarms stationed near where you sleep so you are woken up quickly and have time to escape if a fire breaks out. Playing with matches and lighters should be prohibited among children. Tell them these are not toys. Store them out of sight where they cannot be accessed. Talk to your family, and especially children about what to do in case of a fire. Every household member should know where to go in case of an emergency. Coaching the children in what […]

Reduce Your Risk – Reduce the Amount of Flammable Chemicals in Your Home

January 5, 2015 Fire Chief 0

Fire has done amazing things for humanity over the centuries. From providing warmth and heat for cooking to running turbines and engines to create energy and electricity. Through the control and usage of fire and combustion our technologies have advanced exponentially, however we must always remember its highly destructive capabilities. When this natural wonder is allowed to thrive uncontrollably, anything can happen. The regular bush-fires we face here in Australia are a constant reminder of fire’s immense power to consume, destroy, and in worst case scenarios, to kill. In order to keep your home as safe as possible the age old saying ‘Prevention is better than a ton of cure’, could not be more pertinent. In maintaining fire safety around the home, by keeping flammable items and combustible liquids to a minimum we reduce the risk to our homes and our families. Almost every home in Australia contains a veritable array of flammable chemicals and liquids, unbeknownst to most. By being aware as to where these items are, keeping them in a safe area near a fire hydrant, or just removing them from your home you can greatly reduce the risk should a fire occur at your residence. Firstly lets […]

Don’t Risk a Fire – Recycle Your Old Tyres

December 10, 2014 Fire Chief 0

Over 20 million waste tyres are generated in Australia every year. This often creates a problem where people don’t know how to dispose of them. Whole tyres are not suitable for landfill for several reasons: They take up large volumes of space in landfills They do not easily compact They can flex back to the top of the landfill after burial This causes a dilemma where huge numbers of used tyres are left above ground with nowhere to go. While there are many avenues for recycling old wheels, including for use as retreaded tyres, to make rubber derived fuels, for the productions of rubber crumb, for use in arenas or as barriers, for silage production or in landscaping; yet many people choose the cheapest option and illegally dump the tyres or stockpile them in unsuitable areas. This illegal dumping or storage is a huge fire risk as tyres are extremely flammable. While there are large fines for offenders who are caught illegally dumping or stockpiling old, used tyres, many people still do not adhere to the law. There are numerous problems associated with tyre fires including the toxic fumes that pollute the air, land and water near the fires with […]

Construction in Bushfire Prone Areas

October 29, 2014 Fire Chief 0

Bushfires are a real threat to many communities throughout South-East Queensland. Although destructive, they has been a natural occurrence in the life-cycle of bushland for millions of years and are still an ever-present danger for citizens. As Brisbane and the outlying suburbs grow, construction companies move further into areas that are bushfire zones. In doing so, it is the obligation of these builders to adhere to the legal requirements for construction in these areas- namely the Planning for bushfire protection AS 3959-2009. This legislation covers all of the requirements for all newly developed domestic and commercial constructions in bushfire territories. In the highest risk areas there are a range of measures that must be implemented when constructing new homes. Concrete slabs are required as they are non-combustible, as is the use of brick veneer or concrete for all exterior walls. Roofing, verandas, and decks must be constructed of similar non-combustible materials. Construction companies should also be aware that sealed wall and roof joints, aluminium blinds or shutters, and toughened glass are a necessity so be sure to ask your developer. They should also use fire resistant door frames, with weather strips, and metal as opposed to plastic for all external […]

Smoke Alarm Maintenance – It Could Save Your Life!

October 28, 2014 Fire Chief 0

Smoke alarm maintenance, while not the most exciting topic, is integral to ensuring the safety of a property and its residents. Legislation has been introduced all around Australia to ensure all rental properties are all fitted with working smoke alarms that get checked regularly, however many home owners still do not have working systems in their homes. These homeowners are putting their lives and the lives of their families at risk. Due to the strict legislation put in place by the Australian Government, property managers are extremely cautious about ensuring the alarms in their rentals are regularly checked and maintained – and for good reason! The thought of having a tenant’s house burn down and them lose all their belongings or worse, is a scary one. We spoke about this topic with rental guardian, Andrew, one of Brisbane’s leading property managers. “We are very cautious that all of the fire alarms in our rental properties are managed and maintained regularly. One dead battery or broken unit might be the difference between life and death. Even a small window of time, say only 3 minutes, could be enough warning for you and your family to get to safety should there be […]

Safer Lighting around Your Home

August 21, 2014 Fire Chief 0

Over the past decade there have been a significant number of fires caused by halogen flood lights and downlights around NSW and all of Australia. Halogen lighting has only come into popular usage since the early 2000s, but these lights create a lot of heat. If halogen floodlights are not set up safely away from flammable items and secured from falling or touching anything that might ignite, fires can easily be started. The same problem can occur with halogen downlights that are not insulated, installed and maintained correctly. These safety issues occur because halogen lights can heat up to temperatures as high as 370C. If you’re considering installing a flood light or downlights we would recommend considering using LED lights instead of halogen bulbs. LED lighting is newer technology than halogen lighting, and can be manufactured cheaply. LEDs also don’t use as much energy as halogen bulbs and don’t heat up anywhere near as hot. For the safety aspect alone we recommend using LED or solar lights for your floodlights and downlights over halogens, and they’ll also save you a lot of money in electricity bills! A 150W LED bulb is powerful enough to replace a 500W halogen flood light. […]

Fire Safety Essentials for Motorhomes and Rvs

July 10, 2014 Fire Chief 0

Did you know there are more than 330,000 caravans and recreational vehicles registered in Australia? Fire – Our Friend and our Foe Fire, one of the elements of life, is a powerful and useful tool but also be a destructive force. Misuse or misunderstanding of it can lead to disaster. Bushfires are a major hazard here in Australia. Many Australians families will still remember the series of bushfire that plagued New South Wales in October 2013 (Figure 1). Figure 1. A photo of the NSW bushfires (from the ABC News Network) Australia is well known for its beautiful landscape that draws the attention of tourists and locals alike. Many of them like to use their purchase or rent campervans or motorhomes for their travels around. There are currently more than 330,000 caravans and other forms of recreational vehicles registered in Australia. As a moving home with many electrical and cooking appliances, one of the potential hazards in an RV is a fire. Regardless of whether or not it is involved in a road accident, fire hazard remains a potential hazard. Over the last decade, in New South Wales alone, the NSW Fire and Rescue fire fighters have attended over 1,000 […]

Homeowner’s Guide to Making Your Rental Fire Safe.

June 26, 2014 Fire Chief 0

If you are looking to rent your property in Queensland there are a number of building fire safety regulations that you must adhere to. The laws, which are applicable under the Queensland Fire and Rescue Safety Act 1990, apply to all domestic homes in the state, not just the rental sector. When leasing a home, it can be quite confusing for lessors to understand their responsibility for compliance and associated costs. All new developments usually adhere to the regulations upon construction and their project marketing companies like Ray White property marketing Queensland will have all the details about the prescribed fire safety installations for each building they are marketing for developers. From a rental perspective there are four main parties who are responsible; they are: The Owners The Occupiers Individuals – Broad term which encompasses all parties for general fire safety obligations Managing Entities (Real Estate Property Managers or Body Corporates) There is a resource available from Queensland Emergency Services which is designed to assist owners and occupiers with building safety available here. This is only a guide and it may be worth contacting an authorised company to help with compliance. Some of the obligations include: Certifying that ventilation systems […]

Fire Safety- making your home fire safe!

June 25, 2014 Fire Chief 0

A fire can take hold in 3 minutes, but it only takes seconds to learn how to prevent one. Some easy things to remember that will make you fire safe are: Always turn off the stove before leaving the kitchen. You might forget and leave the house otherwise Move appliances away from anything that could potentially catch fire. For example, putting your toaster near the curtains in your kitchen is not a good idea. If you feel it necessary to dry your clothes with a heater, make sure they are far enough away that even if the clothes fall over they will not reach the heating elements Don’t overload power sockets. Having multiple power adaptors and power boards drawing from one outlet is a potential risk. Spread out your appliances to different areas of the house. Candles and naked flames are unpredictable, wind can make flames jump to other areas of a room and unextinguished candles can melt down and catch fire to a range of surfaces. All it takes to be fire safe is blowing it out before you leave. If there is a fire, a smoke alarm is one of the key items that will save your life. […]