It’s time to reduce fire hazards

Local firefighters are urging Byron Shire residents to prepare for the warmer weather and reduce fire hazards around the home with a spring clean.

 Residents are urged to clear any clutter from outside the home, such as piles of rubbish and weeds, and ensure that nothing is blocking exit and escape points.

Leaves should be removed from guttering regularly to reduce the spread of fire to nearby homes via airborne embers.

Inside the home, particular attention should be paid to the storage of household chemicals such as pesticides, pool chemicals, caustic cleaning agents, solvents and fuel.

Check the manufacturers’ instructions on the containers regarding their storage and use and contact Byron Shire Council about discarding unwanted chemicals.

As part of a spring clean, residents should check power points and power boards to make sure they’re not overloaded and inspect electrical cords and equipment for damage.

As residents are packing away heaters and other heating appliances until next winter, examine the cords and connections. It is better to repair or replace them now before you need them next year.
These simple steps, coupled with working smoke alarms and a rehearsed home escape plan, will help ensure your home is safe from fire and chemical hazards during the summer months.

Bangalow and Byron Bay Fire Brigades are also currently recruiting retained members.

Both stations will be hosting an information/application evening on Wednesday, November 4 from 7pm.

For further information contact Andrew Hill at the Bangalow Station on 0407 224 724 or Gary Speers at the Byron Bay Station on 0415 698 100.

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