KNOW WHAT TO DO BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER A FIRE
Implementing safety in retail and household environment is very crucial, following the recent series of fire breakouts in Australia. Last year, there were 1,565 preventable house fires reported in Melbourne. They resulted in loss of lives and a property damage of almost $30 million. This highlights the risk of fire outbreaks and devastatingly fatal damage they can cause.
Fire safety should be a prime concern for your homes, retail outlets, corporate buildings, warehouses and stores. Most of the fire outbreaks occur due to avoidable factors. Learn how to keep your loved ones safe with few fire safety tips from Australia Fire Protection.
PREVENTION MEASURES - BEFORE A FIRE
- • Have adequate and suitable smoke alarms installed across your building and floors
- • Take support from Thermal Imaging Assessment technology
- • Keep emergency numbers on easy accessibility
- • Make a fire escape plan and emergency exits diagrams
- • Practise the fire exit plan regularly
- • Consider an insurance company for financial assistance and risk management plans
- • Use authorised electrical appliances and machines only
- • Store matches and lighters in secure places
- • Don’t overload electrical outlets
- • Use surge protected multi-outlet power strips and extension cords only
- • Get annual maintenance checks for the oil, gas and wood heating units
- • Install a electrical safety switch or circuit
- • Keep fire extinguishers and blankets near the emergency exit
WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF FIRE - DURING A FIRE
- • Do treat the fire alarm as an emergency and exit the building immediately
- • Immediately inform the nearest fire station
- • During the evacuation from the building, feel the doors for heat before opening them
- • To escape the dense smoke in the air, fall and crawl to reduce inhalation exposure.
- • Remain in the room if you are unable to exit. Keep the door closed and await assistance or notify rescue Personnel of your location with something like a bright cloth from the window.
- • Close the doors before leaving the premises as this would help in slowing the fire and decreasing the damage
- • Keep a track of your colleagues/neighbours and notify the personnel if they are missing.
- • Avoid collecting personal items before moving out of the fire exit.
- • Do not use a elevator during a fire emergency. Walk or run through the stairs.
SAFETY RULES - AFTER A FIRE
- • Once in a safe place, call or report about the fire outbreak and inform about your safety/assistance required
- • Await further instructions from the fire emergency department and stay safe in the refuge area.
- • Don’t panic or hinder the evacuation or fire exhaustion process.
EMERGENCY SERVICES IN AUSTRALIA : For Police, Fire, Ambulance in a life threatening emergency call triple zero (000). For SES assistance call 132 500. If calling from a satellite phone or from international or interstate, dial +61 8 9395 9395 in a life threatening emergency.
For assistance on evacuation diagrams, fire equipment servicing and emergency response plans, contact Australia Fire Protection Group. Our services are currently available in CBD, North West and inner suburbs of Melbourne. Call 1300475715 for a comprehensive range of passive and active fire protection services.