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Chris Pearce

Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer

26 October 2004 - 3 December 2007

Media Release of 29/06/2007

NO. 027

PEARCE AND FPAA CALL FOR FIRE SAFETY AT HOME

Chris Pearce MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, today launched a national public awareness initiative by the Australian Government and the Fire Protection Association Australia. The initiative is aimed at educating the public about ways to safeguard their home from fire.

“With winter now well upon us, heaters, electric blankets and other products that keep us warm are in everyday use in Australian households. Given that fires occur more frequently in winter months, it is vital that everyone is familiar with ways to reduce the risk of fire breaking out in their home, and of what to do in the unfortunate event that a fire does break out,” Mr Pearce said.

Mr Pearce recommended consumers obtain copies of ‘Fire safety at home: be prepared,’ a booklet produced by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), with the assistance of the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPAA).

‘Fire safety at home: be prepared’ contains valuable information including ten tips for fire safety at home, a room by room guide on preparing your home to prevent fire and advice on creating a home escape plan to use should a fire break out. The guide also contains information on the appropriate use of home fire safety equipment including smoke alarms, fire blankets and portable fire extinguishers.

FPAA president Mr Peter Johnson said smoke alarms are a crucial piece of home fire safety equipment and that since 1995 legislation in all states requires new residences to be fitted with at least one smoke alarm wired to the mains electricity.

“All homes should have smoke alarms installed, especially in corridors and hallways between sleeping areas and exits.  It is also crucial that alarms and their batteries are correctly maintained,” Mr Johnson said.

Mr Pearce said that the simple measures listed in ‘Fire safety at home: be prepared’, could save householders from serious injury or even death.

Copies of the safety brochure can be ordered from the ACCC Infocentre on 1300 302 502 or via the ACCC’s website: www.accc.gov.au.

29 June 2007
MELBOURNE

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