At least one smoke alarm on each level of building
Test smoke alarm monthly and replace battery at least annually
Have a written home escape plan and practice it
Never leave cooking or open flames including candles fireplace or oil burners unattended
Keep keys close at hand or in door locks
Clean lint filters every time you use clothes dryer
Never smoke in bed
Dont overload power points and switch off appliances when not in use
Lock away lighters and matches
3 Fire Escape Plan
Draw a floor plan of your home/office
Draw your escape plan and discuss with all concerned
Decide on a safe outside meeting place
Practice you plan at least twice a year
Windows and doors with security bars must have a quick release device
Never open doors that are hot to touch
If there is a fire STAY LOW GET OUT and STAY OUT
If clothes catch fire STOP DROP COVER AND ROLL until the flames are extinguished
4 Kitchen Fire Safety tips
Turn pot handles inwards so they wont be knocked over
Ensure you have fire extinguisher/blanket nearby and know how to use
If cooking oil catches fire turn off hotplate andlid over pan or use fire blanket
Ensure all cooking appliances turned off after use
Dont wear clothes with loose fitting sleeves
Dont keep tea towels oven mitts and other flammable items near cooktop
Dont use water to put out fat and oil fires
5 Power Board Safety
Avoid dust build up place on side
Ensure suitable ventilation to dissipate heat generated
Regularly check that all plugs are firmly fixed in power boards
Regularly inspect power boards and leads for signs of damage and degradation
Install safety switches
6 BBQ SAFETY
Check for any fire restrictions and comply
Ensure regular pressure testing of any gas cylinders and check hoses and connections for blockages or perishing
Check cylinders for rust or damage and that connections are clean and fitting snugly
Spray soapy water on suspect connections bubbles will form if gas is escaping
Site BBQ on firm level base well ventilated but sheltered form wind and away from flammables
Have garden hose available at all times
Follow manufacturers instructions for start up and shut down. Never use flammable liquid on a BBQ.
7 In Case Of Fire
Remain calm - remember RACE
Rescue any people in immediate danger (only if it safe to do so).
Raise the alarm
ring the Fire Brigades on 000
notify your switchboard
notify the staff member in charge
8 In Case of Fire cont.
If practicable close all doors and windows to contain the fire (only if it safe to do so).
Try to extinguish the fire using appropriate firefighting equipment only if you are trained and it is safe to do so.
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