Correct use: Gympie Fire fighters Ash Dickson and Clint Burnham show how to put a fire out with a fire blanket.
Correct use: Gympie Fire fighters Ash Dickson and Clint Burnham show how to put a fire out with a fire blanket. Craig Warhurst

Fire safe at home

THE QFRS is offering a free fire safety audit to keep homes safe in the event of a fire.

THE Queensland Fire and Rescue Service is urging Gympie region residents to take advantage of an offer through the free Safehome program.

Residents can request a gift of a fire blanket when they book a Safehome visit before August this year.

QFRS Assistant Commissioner for the North Coast region Ray Eustace said having a fire blanket and knowing how to use it properly could make a difference in the event of certain fires.

“Fire blankets are an effective fire fighting tool in a home or home unit,” he said.

“If used properly, fire blankets can put out a fire in a contained item like a saucepan or rubbish bin and can also be used for clothing fires.

“It is also a good idea to complement a fire blanket by purchasing a one kilogram dry powder extinguisher.”

Assistant Commissioner Eustace said the Safehome program offered a free home fire safety audit service which included advice about fire blankets and their use.

“Firefighters can inform residents about the correct installation, storage and use of a fire blanket,” he said.

“A Safehome visit will also provide residents with a checklist to help them make their home or home unit fire-safe and assist residents design a fire escape plan for their home or home unit.

“A few safety tips and simple precautions from a firefighter could save your life and your property.”

Mr Eustace said the QFRS Safehome program was a free service sponsored by NRMA Insurance.

He said residents could invite firefighters to visit them to help them recognise fire and safety hazards in and around their property.

Mr Eustace said most people had fire risks in their homes and a typical 45-minute Safehome visit could identify potential hazards that put lives at risk.

Call 1300 369 003 to book a Safehome visit.

Gympie Times


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