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