Category Archives: Fire Safety

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Working smoke alarm saves family

Category : Fire Safety

As the weather cools down the risk of house fires heats up in Victoria. The increased risk of residential fires as temperatures drop was highlighted this week with several house fires across Victoria in Fitzroy, St Kilda and a house in Gisborne, which was totally destroyed this morning.

A family of four – two adults and two teenagers – escaped the fire uninjured thanks to a working smoke alarm. CFA District 2 Duty Officer Craig Brittain said when firefighters arrived just after 6.00am the fire was through the roof of the double storey timber house and the occupants were out and accounted for.

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CFA calls for Victorians to register their burn-offs

Category : Fire Safety

With the Fire Danger Period now over for most parts of the state, CFA is urging the Victorians to take extra care when burning off and to register their burn by calling 1800 668 511.

Since fire restrictions were lifted, CFA has responded to a number of burn-off related calls across the state, which turned out to be false alarms.

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CFA warns of potential risk for haystack fires

Category : Fire Safety

CFA is warning the community about the risk for haystack fires with the combination of wet and hot weather.

CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said with the amount of rain the state has seen this autumn, coupled with some hot and humid weather, haystacks in sheds and outside could self-ignite.

“This is particularly true for areas in the north-east of Victoria where recent flooding has been followed by some warmer weather,” Mr Ferguson said.
“Only last month we saw more than 100 bales self-combust at a property in Yarroweyah, near Cobram.”

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Fire Danger Period to end

Category : Fire Safety

Fire restrictions for the Mornington Peninsula are will end at 1am on 19 March. Until then restrictions on open air burning remain in force, with permits required to conduct any burn offs.

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Fire restrictions now in force (2011-12)

Category : Fire Safety

On Monday the 23rd of January at 1am Fire Restrictions were brought in, in District 8.

Open air burning, including any general burning off, is now prohibited without a permit. More information on permits can be found here.

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Warm weather a timely reminder of approaching fire season

Category : Fire Safety

With hot temperatures forecast across the state this weekend, CFA is reminding Victorians that the summer fire season is just around the corner.

CFA State Duty Officer Craig Brownlie said although the weather conditions were not expected to be particularly bad for fires, he said the high temperatures were a timely reminder to be prepared for the fire season.

“Temperatures of up to 37 degrees have been forecast for some parts of the state over the weekend, and warm conditions are expected to continue into next week,” Mr Brownlie said.

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False alarms prompts burn off warning

Category : Fire Safety

With the temperature rising over the next couple of days, CFA is urging the community to take extra care when burning off and register their burn with CFA on 1800 668 511.

Since the start of September this year, CFA has responded to 223 burn off related calls across the state which turned which turned out to be false alarms.

“If people register their burn offs, we know what is happening in that area and it really helps us,” CFA State Duty Officer Craig Brownlie said.

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Illegal crackers pose serious risk

Category : Fire Safety

Emergency services came together today to warn the community about the dangers of illegal fireworks in the lead up to the holiday season.

CFA, MFB, Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, the Alfred Burns Unit, RSPCA and Worksafe warned the community that the unsafe use of illegal fireworks could result in serious fires, serious injury and criminal charges.

Fire agencies were particularly concerned about the risks fireworks posed following the growth of grass and bush due to good recent rains.

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Boundary Alignment

Category : Fire Safety

As of 1st July 2010, the CFA boundary realignment takes place. Some people have expressed confusion over the different types of areas/regions/etc and it is hoped that this article goes some way to helping fix any misunderstandings or questions. Each section is given a description, and also how it relates to the township of Hastings and the Brigade as a whole.

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Home Fire Safety

Category : Fire Safety

Kitchen fires start when your attention stops

CFA and MFB are warning residents to pay attention in the kitchen to avoid house fires.

Thirty per cent of the 1245 house fires CFA and MFB attended last year began in the kitchen – many resulting in serious property damage and some even in death or serious injury.

In CFA’s Region 8, which includes Hastings, there were 215 fires last year which began in the kitchen. Many kitchen fires could be easily avoided by paying closer attention when cooking. More house fires start in kitchens than in any other room of the house, even though kitchen fires are often easy to avoid.

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