Basic Steps to Avoid House Fires

March 3, 2017 Fire Chief 0

House fire is one of the most common causes of deaths worldwide. It also brings damage to property, including valued possessions and memories. Complacency about building permits and regulations and negligence to follow precautionary measures despite strict reminders are the main reasons house fires occur. Fire incidents remain prevalent worldwide killing and injuring thousands, especially in countries where temperatures are high as well as in low-income, developing countries where houses are usually congested or are made of light-weight materials. Similar to any appliance that we keep on using, houses have their own shelf-life. They also age, especially the electrical wirings. As this happens, this can be a risk to those residing in a particular house. Insulation of the wirings results to excessive heat brought by overloaded circuits. Awareness on home safety concerns, particularly on  old wiring inspection, is essential to prevent fire incidents. Home repair stores usually sell electrical components and testing equipment. But if you know nothing about your home electrical maintenance, it is a good investment to hire a reputable electrician to check on your house’s electrical system. Qualified Electrician What makes a certified electrician? He is an individual with the technical background, basic principles and thorough understanding […]

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. […]