Woolgoolga Fire Station deputy captain Drew Armitage demonstrates how quickly a kitchen fire can escalate.
Woolgoolga Fire Station deputy captain Drew Armitage demonstrates how quickly a kitchen fire can escalate. Lee Varney

Fire simulator teaches safety

WHEN it comes to fire safety, the ‘stop drop and roll’ slogan has been drummed into our kids and now it’s adults on the receiving end of fire education.

The Fire and Rescue NSW Woolgoolga Fire Station Crew and community members from the Guru Nanak and First Sikh Temples in Woolgoolga agreed the Woolgoolga Curryfest was a perfect opportunity to spread fire safety education and prepare all cultural communities for fire emergencies.

At the Curryfest on Saturday, using a kitchen fire simulator, local firefighters demonstrated how a simple scenario like frying up a steak can escalate into an inferno. When oil catches ablaze our first reaction may be to slosh water over it but as the simulator showed this only makes matters worse. Firefighter Lee Varney said the simulator had been used across NSW to raise awareness but made its debut in Woolgoolga on the weekend.

“The demonstration illustrates how quickly a fire can escalate. The best way to contain a stove fire is to put the lid down or smother it with a fire blanket,” Mr Varney said. “This initiative enables us to spread education to the whole community as fire safety is a big concern and the busy season is ahead.

“Many people think summer is the busiest but during colder months, people are at home more and there are more cases of household fires.”

Anyone with fire safety questions should call their local station.



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