News

Brigades push for alarm changes

Lismore Fire Brigade senior firefighter Mike Grunske and firefighter Justin Hyde with a photo-electric smoke alarm.
Lismore Fire Brigade senior firefighter Mike Grunske and firefighter Justin Hyde with a photo-electric smoke alarm. Jacklyn Wagner

AFTER attending 1029 fires across the Northern Rivers between May 2011 and April 2012 Lismore fire fighters are calling on people to prepare their homes for the winter fire season.

Lismore fire station commander Erin Rampling said an easy way for people to ensure their home was protected this fire season was to do a home fire safety audit.

"A fire can take hold in just three minutes but it only takes moments to prevent one," he said.

"Like turning off the heater when going to bed or changing the batteries of your smoke alarm and planning ahead."

However, the World Fire Safety Foundation Chairman said more than 90% of Northern Rivers home owners are in danger due to inferior smoke alarms.

Former fire fighter Adrian Butler said the majority of homes are fitted with ionisation smoke alarms which have a slower response time to smouldering fires than the superior photo-electric alarms.

"In smouldering fires where the heat is low the fire produces few sub-micron particles and in most cases the ionisation alarm will not operate," Mr Butler said.

This detection delay could be the difference between life and death.

Mr Butler said it was about time the NSW Government followed the lead of the Northern Territory which, on November 1 last year, legislated all new premises must install photo-electric alarms.

"In commercial buildings you have to put photo- electric alarms in so why do we have one standard for commercial buildings and a completely separate standard for our homes where we sleep? It's insane," he said.

Mr Butler said the easiest way to identify an ionisation smoke alarm was to look for a yellow radioactive symbol when changing the batteries.

A spokesperson for NSW Fire Commissioner Greg Mullins said Fire and Rescue NSW recommended home owners install photo- electric alarms.

"Fire and Rescue NSW supports research that indicates that photo- electric smoke alarms are more effective in some common situations," the spokesperson said.

"It was for this reason that Fire and Rescue NSW initiated a national change of policy which was adopted by all Australian fire services, to recommend photo-electric alarms, rather than ionisation alarms."

Mr Rampling said parents needed to educate their children about knowing the nearest cross street, address and phone number as it could assist fire fighters in an emergency.

He said he encouraged people to visit the Lismore Fire station this Saturday from 10am for their annual open day to coincide with Fire Prevention Week.

For information on conducting a home fire safety audit visit www.homefiresafety.com.au.

 

  HAVE YOU GOT

 

  ALARMS

 

 FITTED?

 

 

 

SMS 0428 264 948, email

opinions@northernstar.com.au

or go to www.northernstar.com.au

Topics:  fire alarm



VOTE: Should cats be kept inside, even during the day?

A Goonellabah resident is concerned about feral cats killing wildlife in the area.

This Goonellabah woman is fed up with cats killing wildlife

Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of Ballina show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Carefree photo gets judges jumpin' and captures prize

SUMMER FUN: Winner of 2017 I am Summer competition, Everybody was jumpin jumpin, taken by Bridie Schmidt.

Photographers sent us photos depicting what summmer means to them.

Local Partners

Back to school: Get your family ready

IT'S that time of year again: School holidays are drawing to a close and term time fast approaches.


Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of Ballina show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Ahoy! The Wooden Boat Festival is on its way

Members of the Richmond River Rowing & Sailing Club admire Mark Pierce's boat Northbridge Junior, ahead of the 2017 Wooden Boat Festival on Australia Day. Back row, from left, is Mark Pierce, Jacqueline Heap, Commodore Phil Robbins and James Kalaf. At front, from left, is Tony Pullyn, George Renault, David Bowler, Geoff Benson and Maurice Renault.

Australia Day event a must-see for fans of timber craft

Northern Rivers murder mystery takes out award at Flickerfest

MURDER MYSTERY: Northern Rivers young actress Yasmin Honeychurch in a still from the award-wiining film In a Canefield by Emily Avila and Coralie Tapper.

Finding'little star' brought film shoot to the region.

Why Emma Watson turned down Cinderella

Emma Watson in a scene from the movie Beauty and the Beast.

HARRY Potter star has standards when it comes to Disney princesses.

Wonder Woman a ‘disjointed disaster’, says DC insider

Gal Gadot in a scene from the movie Wonder Woman.

INSIDER says the much-hyped blockbuster will disappoint.

Kid nails Swift impersonation

Seven-year-old Xia Vigor nails Taylor Swift impersonation on the Philippine talent show Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids.

TAYLOR Swift has a seven-year-old doppelganger.

Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of Ballina show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Ariana Grande 'hardest working 23-year-old on Earth'?

Ariana Grande

Not everyone was impressed with Grande’s self-proclaimed work ethic

Why The Walking Dead cast are paid a pittance

Despite massive ratings the cast haven't been shown the money

'That’s the nature of commercial reality': Lismore council

GAME CHANGER: The $13 million proposal by Quest proposal is for a three-storey complex featuring 41 serviced apartments, 53 on-site carparks, 24-hour on-site management, a gymnasium and modern guest facilities.

"It's a shame the development is no longer on the table"

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

LAND VALUES: Figures reveal how much your property is worth

Land values in Ballina have increased over the past 12 months.

Property in one Northern Rivers town has increased by almost 14%

6 new estates to build a home on the Northern Rivers

Land estates are available now on the Northern Rivers with some stages opening up soon.

Looking for a place to put down roots and raise a family?

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!