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Firefighter Carls Home Fire Safety Checklist

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Maintain a working smoke alarm

  • Test smoke alarms every month by pushing the button
  • Put a new battery in it once a year
  • A consistent beep every 60 seconds indicates the battery power is low and a new battery is needed
  • Replace smoke alarms every 10 years or as specified by the manufacturer

Install a fire blanket and an extinguisher in your kitchen

  • Cooking should never be left unattended
  • If a fire starts turn off the stove if safe to do so
  • Never use water on a burning oil or fat fire

Keep lighters and matches away from young children

  • Teach your children that fire can be dangerous
  • Take care with candles and cigarettes
  • Keep candles away from curtains and blinds
  • Don’t leave candles unattended
  • Blow them out before going to sleep
  • Don’t smoke in bed
  • Ensure cigarettes are extinguished before discarding them

In case of fire - ‘Get down low and Go, Go, Go!’

  • Smoke rises. Visibility is better closer to the floors.

If your clothes catch fire - ‘Stop, Drop, Cover your face, and Roll’

Make and practise a home escape plan

  • Look for more than one way to escape in case of fire
  • Make sure if there is a fire in your home you can get out quickly
  • Have a safe meeting place like your letterbox outside your home
  • Once you get out STAY OUT, never go back inside a burning building

Call Triple Zero (000) in an emergency

  • Ask for the Fire Service and firefighters will attend


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