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Kids get doused in fire safety

Caravan park residents on the Coffs Coast need to be fire prepared for summer.
Caravan park residents on the Coffs Coast need to be fire prepared for summer.

THE Get Down Low and Go, Go, Go, message is spreading like wildfire through Woolgoolga.

Local schoolchildren have already grasped the vital initiative and now the wider community has the chance to learn more.

With summer just around the corner, Sunset Caravan Park residents recently approached Woolgoolga Fire Station crews to get more information on what to do in the event of fire.

Fire officers have now organised an education session at the Woolgoolga C.ex Club on Wednesday from 10am.

Local caravan park residents and the wider community are encouraged to attend.

“While the message is the same for all house fires, it is particularly important for caravan park residents to be aware of the safety risks particularly associated with their living environment,” said Woolgoolga Fire Station commander Ray Webb.

“The simplest fire safety message is to have smoke detectors hard-wired into every home or for them to have working batteries.

“It is worth noting that we carry out an annual battery change program for elderly or frail people in the Woolgoolga area.

“The second and most important message is to react to the smoke alarm and get out of a caravan as quickly as possible.

“Fires in caravans are extremely dangerous due to their combustible construction and fittings, floor space and limited escape options.

“Smoke and spreading fire can leave occupants only seconds to get out safely.”

For more details, contact Woolgoolga Fire Station on 6654 1070.

Holidaymaker fire safety tips:

Camping

  • Use a flame-retardant tent;
  • Check your camping area has mobile phone coverage so you can dial triple-0 in an emergency;
  • If you’re in a bushfire prone area, have a portable radio to get fire ban updates and/or bushfire warnings and updates;
  • Extinguish cooking fires and turn off lanterns and stoves before going to bed or leaving an area; and
  • Never cook or smoke inside a tent.

Caravans

  • Have an escape plan in case of fire and make sure nothing blocks it;
  • Make sure your caravan has a working smoke alarm, fire blanket and dry powder portable fire extinguisher stored near the exit; and
  • Exercise extreme caution when smoking – extinguish all cigarettes in ashtrays and never smoke in bed.
  • In general you should keep up-to-date with bushfire information, familiarise yourself with evacuation routes and meeting points at caravan parks and camping grounds and ensure all electrical and gas equipment is in good working order.


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