FIRE SAFETY

Even in metropolis and metropolitan regions, fire awareness is necessary in Australia.

 

Follow these instructions if you find yourself in a fire emergency:

 

Call 000 from any phone or mobile phone for free.

To the operator, say "fire."

What if you don't have a good command of the English language? Simply indicate your prefered language to the operator and wait for instructions.

Respond to the operator's inquiries.

Fire-prevention advice

Make sure you have a functional smoke alarm in your home or room.

Overloading powerboards or multiple adaptors can cause wiring and electrical devices to overheat, especially in older buildings.

 

Electric heaters and radiators should be kept at least a metre away from your bed, furniture, and any drapes.

 

When you're done cooking, remember to switch off all of your appliances. The majority of house fires start in the kitchen when grease, oil, or other combustible cooking items are neglected on the stove.

 

On days when there is a total fire ban, outdoor open fires (including campfires) are absolutely forbidden.

 

If there's a fire, what should you do?

 

If you have a fire at home, have a plan to get out as soon as possible. Make sure you can open your windows and don't obstruct entrances or windows — they can become trapped in older buildings. Keep your keys and phone in a distinct location so that if you need to leave quickly, you know where they are and can contact emergency services.

 

Bushfires

Australia is a large nation. Many overseas students travel to Australia to take in the sights and sounds of the great outdoors. There are always bushwalking, beach, and camping opportunities nearby, no matter where you are studying.

 

Parts of Australia can endure high heat and, as a result, bushfires between October and March. For visitors who are unaccustomed with these situations, this might be terrifying.

 

Do not disregard the hazard if you are out in the woods and there is smoke or a fire. It's crucial to take action and make a choice as soon as possible. In the case of a local wildfire, the following information can help you make the best option.

 

On days of intense heat and heavy winds, always prepare ahead. If you're visiting a national park, enquire about safe tourist activities and areas at the visitor information centre.

 

Make sure your buddies are aware of your travel plans for the day.

 

Check ABCemergency on Twitter for any wildfire notifications in your region if you have mobile reception. If you are in danger, dial 000 (emergency) and tell the operator you are on fire.

 

Driving through a wildfire is not a good idea. Listen to your local ABC radio station for information on wildfire crises in your region on your car radio.

 

Carry lots of drinking water and sun protection with you at all times, as flames can induce dehydration by generating severe heat in the region.

 

Open flames (like campfires) are absolutely forbidden on days when a total fire ban is in effect.

 

Always heed the advise and directions of local emergency services like the police and fire department.

 

Visit www.abc.net.au/news/emergency/plan-for-an-emergency/bushfire/ for additional information on bushfire safety.