Firies give safety tips

FIREFIGHTERS across the Coffs Coast will throw open their doors to the community on May 8.

That’s when the NSW Fire Brigade will stage its annual open day and when fire crews will be on hand to give safety tips to families.

“Open Day provides families with a timely opportunity to learn more about fire risks and fire prevention ahead of the winter months,” a NSW Fire Brigades spokesman said.

“A range of activities will be on offer including firefighting demonstrations and station tours. Children will be able to see fire engines and fire-fighting equipment up close.”

For more details, contact Coffs Harbour Fire Station on 6651 6891.

In other news, a recent GIO study says many NSW families are not prepared when it comes to dealing with a house fire.

As many as a third of survey respondents admitted they did not have a home fire escape plan.

The research also revealed 17 per cent of NSW parents had never spoken to their children about fire danger.

“Many home fire incidents are preventable so it’s essential that parents in Coffs Harbour sit down and discuss fire safety with their children,” said GIO spokesman Shaun Feely.

Children aged under five years old are the most at risk.

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