Category Archives: Fire Safety

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Dryer Safety

Category : Fire Safety

 It is always a good idea to check your ducts on your dryer to remove lint, there are 2900 home clothes dryer fires every year resulting in an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. The leading cause is failure to clean the ducts attached to them.


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Samsung Washing Machine Recall

Category : Fire Safety

Home owners should be advised to check their top load Samsung washing machine models to see if they match any that are subject to the recall. Acrss Australia there have been 180 incidents involving several of the models under recall involving them over heating, smoking or catching fire. In New South Wales in the past week there were two separate indcidents involving recalled machines catching fire. More information can be found here:

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Fire Restrictions Are Now In Force

Category : Fire Safety

It is advised that restrictions on the lighting of fires as provided under the Country Fire Authority Act 1958, have been imposed in the Mornington Peninsula Shire from:

0100 hours on Monday 27 January, 2014 until 0100 hours on Thursday 1 May, 2014 (unless extended or curtailed in the meantime).

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Fire Walk and Talk at Kings Creek

Category : Fire Safety

On January 18 the Mornington Peninsula Shire will conduct a Fire walk and Talk through the Kings Creek Bushland Reserve. The Walk and Talk is to promote awareness of the area and is open for all residents to attend if they wish to.

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Fire Danger Period (2012/13) to end in selected municipalities

Category : Fire Safety

The Fire Danger Period will end at 1.00am on Monday, 15 April, in the following municipalities:

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Change Your Clock, Change Your Smoke Alarm

Category : Fire Safety

Statistics show a working smoke alarm reduces the likelihood of death in a house fire by 60 per cent. Daylight savings ends on Sunday 7 April, and CFA is encouraging everyone to change their smoke alarm battery when they turn back their clocks. CFA Westernport Area Manager Community Safety, Mr Dave Baker, said smoke alarms give an early warning sign to alert occupants, giving them time to take action and evacuate – but only if they work.

“A household fire can spread and engulf a home in the blink of an eye, destroying property, personal possession and most importantly – lives,” said Mr Baker.

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Smoke Haze Alert for Melbourne

Category : Fire Safety

The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and CFA advise that fire activity in the Gippsland region is generating large amounts of smoke which may be visible across most of Melbourne.

The Aberfeldy fire, which started on Thursday, has burnt more than 56,000 hectares.

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Fire restrictions announced for 2012/13 season

Category : Fire Safety

CFA has declared that the Fire Danger Period (FDP) will begin from 1.00am on 7 January, 2013 for the following municipalities.

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2012/13 “Can I, Can’t I” Guide Released

Category : Fire Safety

Ever wondered when burning off is allowed and when it’s banned? Or what activities are allowed on a
day of Total Fire Ban?

These questions and more are answered in the latest “Can I, Can’t I” guide released by CFA.
It answer common questions about what’s legally allowed during the Fire Danger Period and on a day
of Total Fire Ban (TFB).

The new Can I or Can’t I? also includes recent changes to the Country Fire Authority Act 1958, such as:

  • The requirement to have a person present at all times while a fire is alight has been bolstered to
  • include them having the capacity and means to extinguish it
  • There is no longer the requirement that the fire is not within 7.5 metres of a log or stump
  • An organisation involved in fundraising can apply for a permit to have a barbecue on a Total Fire
  • Ban day
  • Activities such as welding, gas-cutting, soldering, grinding, charring and heating bitumen are
  • prohibited during Total Fire Ban days without special Section 40 permits
  • Section 40 permits can now be sought for religious and cultural reasons on Total Fire Ban days
  • The restriction on the use of a gas or electric fired portable barbecue on a Total Fire Ban day to
  • within 20 metres of a dwelling has been removed.

CFA Manager Community Resilience Gwynne Brennan is urging all the community and all CFA
members to get familiar with the new publication.

“Some of these changes to the CFA Act will have a significant effect on Victorians this summer, such as
the removal of restrictions around barbecues being within 20 metres of a dwelling.

“Penalties have also been increased – fines of up to $30,000 and 15 years imprisonment apply if
a fire gets out of control and starts a bushfire on a Total Fire Ban day” Ms Brennan said.

Can I or Can’t I? is available at the CFA website – cfa.vic.gov.au.