Each year in Australia 140,000 calls are made to Poisons Information centres by concerned parents or carers of young children. 3,500 children under 5 years of age are admitted to hospitals because of poisoning annually, and 5 to 10 of these children die each year (Source: Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia, 2006).
While only a small device, smoke alarms are vital in ensuring lives are protected. They are responsible for not only detecting a fire, but to also alert residents of a fire, waking them up and in time to escape the property safely.
Knowing how to call Triple Zero (000) for a fire emergency can be the difference between life and death, or a building or other property being saved or destroyed.
Every year as the weather cools down we get a run of calls from people because their house has filled with smoke the first time their wood fire is lit. Smoke going into the home or the roof space is a scary issue that is easily prevented with a regular chimney inspection and clean.
We are excited to be sharing some of our knowledge and information with you. For more information please see NSW Rural Fire Service - Fire Safety Information.