Mildura Weekly : Friday October 28 Vol 10 No 51
24 FEATURE MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2016 P: 5024 8662 M: 0408 147 418 E: email@example.com www.mildurafirstaid.com.au Mildura First Aid Services Skills for life by the First Aid Specialists Supporting Fire Safety We supply First Aid Training that can give you the peace of mind to assist those affected by fire emergencies Contact us for latest course dates D n’t play with fire! Fire safety saves lives Regional Fire Testing provides a dedicated and successful team committed to providing prompt professional service. Service & Supply of: Fire Extinguishers Fire Blankets Fire Hose Reels Fire Hydrants Fire Detection Systems Fire Suppression Systems Services Offered: 24 Hours, 7 days a week emergency response Hydrostatic Fire Testing & Reporting Fire Storage Tank Testing Fire Sprinkler Testing - Residential and Commercial Fire System Consultancy firstname.lastname@example.org 24HourEmergencyService Phone 0473 988 916 www.pjlwhs.com.au FIRE PREVENTION IS A BETTER OPTION Contact PJL WHS Consulting for your emergency response needs. Let us help you • Ensure your business is prepared for emergencies • Emergency response plans • Emergency response and evacuation training • Nationally accredited Evacuation / Fire Warden training • First aid facilities and training • Staff safety training • Safety Partnership, Safety Inspections • Risk Assessments • From Page 23 Residents are encouraged to talk to their fami- lies, friends and neighbours about what they will do to stay safe from fire, with making in- formed decisions vital. Planning accordingly for hot, dry and windy days is also a must. It is considered vital that residents check Fire Danger Ratings on the Victoria Emergency website and app, with ratings to be updated daily over Summer. As ratings increase, so does the risk of fire. According to recent statistics, more than 2000 warnings were issued in Victoria last Summer, with residents reminded that it’s up to them to stay informed by using more than one source of information. Understanding the three levels of warnings – what they mean and what residents should do – is also considered crucial. ABC local radio, commercial and designated community radio stations or Sky News TV will carry any relevant information in the event of a bushfire, with information also available through the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (1800 240 667), or online at emergency.vic.gov. au, or download the VicEmergency App. Warnings are also available on VicEmergency’s Twitter (@vicemergency) and Facebook (face- book.com/vicemergency), and on CFA’s Twit- ter (@CFA_Updates) and Facebook (facebook. com/cfavic). “All local media outlets carry warnings, and it’s important that people stay alert,” Mr McNally said. “In the event of a fire, the best way to pro- tect yourself and your family is to leave early. Mr McNally said it was only 18 months ago that the region dealt with one of its more severe in- cidents, when a fire broke out at the Koorlong- based gliding fields. “That fire while small, was deliberately lit, and could have quite quickly impacted neighbour- ing properties,” he said. “It’s important that people have access to information, and have a practiced fire plan in place.” More information on how to get fire ready is available online at www.emergency.vic.gov.au. The time is now to get fire ready Planning and preparation the key ahead of fire season TAKING steps to get prepared before the fire season is considered essential, ensuring resi- dents know what to do when they are at risk of fire. It’s important to prepare properties for fire, while also planning and preparing for individu- al safety, and the safety of your family. Pack important documents, photos, medica- tions, money and clothes so you can leave easily before a fire starts, while talking to family and friends about how they will know when to leave and where to go to stay safe. Leaving early is the safest option, and means leaving the area before a fire starts – not when flames or smoke are visible. Never drive if you can see smoke or fire, as thick smoke will make it hard to see and traffic jams and accidents are likely. You also need to keep the roads clear for emer- gency services. Prevention is also the entire community’s re- sponsibility. Early action can prevent fires threatening lives and property. If you see smoke or fire, call Tri- ple Zero immediately, and if you see something suspicious, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. It is also not too late to clean up properties, with it considered vital to keep trees, overhanging branches and shrubs to a minimum near homes, particularly around and under windows. A big clean up can make a huge difference to the survival of a home in a bushfire. Embers are considered one of the most com- mon causes of homes burning down during a bushfire – even if the fire-front doesn’t reach the property. Check where leaves and twigs gather around your home, as this is where embers are likely to fall.
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