Firefighters Craig Barber and Shelley Breda remind residents to test their smoke alarms.
Firefighters Craig Barber and Shelley Breda remind residents to test their smoke alarms. FELICIA KOSEGI

Tweed firefighters offer tips

TWEED Heads firefighters are wanting residents to make fire safety their New Year’s resolution.

Station Commander Price Conlan urged people to test their alarms and change their batteries this festive season.

“They should be tested and changed regularly so mark a date on the calendar, such as a birthday or something you will remember,” Commander Conlan said.

He also asked residents to check their Christmas lights and ensure power boards and power points were used correctly to reduce the risk of fires in the home.

“Poor maintenance or incorrect usage of power boards can result in house fires, endangering lives and causing considerable damage to property.

“Between December 1, 2008, and January 31, 2009, the NSWFB responded to more than 740 house fires and five people died as a result.

“Twenty-five of these fires were caused by electrical faults like overloaded power boards.”

Commander Conlan said residents can take some simple precautions to reduce the risk of a fire.

“When you plug in the Christmas lights and dust off the fans and portable air conditioners to keep cool over summer, ensure you have checked all electrical cords and power boards – if they are damaged replace them immediately.

“Removing dust from a power board and positioning it on its side will reduce the risk of dust settling in unused points, which could spark a fire.

“The NSWFB also recommends that you only use power boards with built-in safety switches and circuit breakers.”

For further information and other tips visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au



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