Monday, 23 May 2011

WAITATI VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADE

By Deanne Burrell

The last few months have been reasonably quiet for the brigade so well
done to Blueskin Bay residents for keeping your community safe.
We would like to congratulate some members who have recently
successfully completed the following practical training courses.
Qualified Fire Fighter: Sharon Brogan, Bill Berends and Seraya
Figgins. Senior Fire Fighter: Charles Abraham.

Winter Fire Safety Tips
Daylight saving has ended and it's time to get your winter coat,
electric blanket and heater out of the cupboard. Here are a few safety
tips to take into consideration this winter.
After kitchen fires, fires involving heating and drying are one of the
most common reasons the Fire Service is called out.
· Always keep furniture, curtains, clothes and children at least
one metre away from heaters and fireplaces.
· Don't store objects on top of your heater.
· Never cover heaters.
· Don't overload clothes dryers and clean the lint filter after
each load.

Fireplaces and Chimneys
There's nothing like sitting in front of the fireplace on a cold
winter's night but here's a list of things to be mindful of:
· Clean chimneys and flues before your first fire of the season
· Always use a fireguard or spark-guard with open fires.
· Ashes can take up to five days to cool - always empty
fireplace or wood burner ashes and ashtrays into a metal bin with a
lid. Water can be poured over them before disposal.

Electric blankets
Climbing into bed on a cold night is much easier if you've had an
electric blanket on but there are things you should do to keep fire
safe.
· If your electric blanket or cord is showing any signs of wear,
have it checked by a competent service person or have it replaced.
Don't take risks.
· Always make sure that your electric blanket is switched off
before getting into bed.
· Never use pins or sharp objects to secure the electric blanket
to the bed and never tuck it in under the bed.
· If the blanket becomes soiled, sponge it lightly and allow to
dry naturally on a flat surface.

Portable LPG Gas Heaters
When using gas heaters take a few moments to consider the following
safety precautions - they may save a life.
· Make sure the ceramic heater element is not broken or chipped
and that the element guard is in place.
· Check to see that the hose is in good condition and doesn't
show any signs of damage or wear.
· If the heater does not light straight away, turn it off and
then try again. Don't let the gas build up before trying to relight
it.
· Always have fresh air coming into the room where a gas heater is in use.

Keep warm and safe this winter.

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