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Clonbinane Rural Fire Brigade - April 2021

www.cfa.vic.gov.au

 

Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal

The CFA has been part of the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal for 70 years.

Clonbinane CFA have been collecting for the Kiddies on Good Friday for several years now.

This year we have taken a two-way punt with Covid issues. We are running a virtual tin shake and have also planned for the big red truck to travel the streets of Waterford Park and Clonbinane to collect. We appreciate your contribution to this worthy cause.

House Fires

You may have as little as 15 seconds to escape. Most fatal fires are preventable. Take precautions to protect yourself, your family, and your home by creating a fire escape plan. More than likely if you are sleeping and a fire starts then you will be alerted by the shrill of a smoke alarm. With wood heaters getting back into action at this time of the year the likelihood of house fires increases.

It is a legal requirement that all residential structures be fitted with working smoke alarms. If the battery is flat, then that is considered as not working. Smoke detectors give you a chance of survival if you are sleeping and fire breaks out. Many fires in homes start as smouldering beds or furniture. Fire is hungry for air and full ignition and burning occurs when there is sufficient oxygen. Remember that deaths due to house fires often occur whilst sleeping; it is a silent death due to insufficient oxygen, toxic fumes and Carbon Dioxide. It is a good idea to close doors in the home at night. Consider smoke detectors for every bedroom as well as living areas. Smoke detectors are inexpensive these days. Also, consider installing carbon monoxide alarms. There are 10-year battery detectors that are dual purpose for both carbon monoxide and smoke.

Do you have a fire blanket in your kitchen? These can be used to smother any stovetop fire or even be used to put out a person on fire. Practice on how to use them.

Please check out the CFA website if you require any house fire prevention information. www.cfa.vic.gov.au

Wishing you a Happy and Safe Easter

Cheers

John Mahoney-

Captain