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Firefighters call for fire safety this winter

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27 May 2009
The MFB and CFA, in conjunction with Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) and Archicentre, will officially launch the 2009 Winter Fire Safety campaign.

As part of the 2009 Winter Fire Safety Campaign, the MFB, CFA, Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) and Archicentre are highlighting home fire safety issues and how the community can prevent fires in their homes and protect their families this winter.

Some fire safety tips from Victoria’s fire authorities include:

  • Never leave cooking or candles unattended
  • Always keep clothing at least one metre away from all heaters
  • Have a fire blanket and extinguisher in the kitchen
  • Do not let children stand or sleep too close to heaters or open fires
  • Ensure all electrical appliances are in good working order
  • Switch off your electric blanket before you go to sleep
  • Have a home fire escape plan in place
  • Ensure your smoke alarm is working

More information on winter fire safety can be found at the campaign’s official website, www.homefiresafety.com.au

WHEN: Monday 1 June 2009, 10:00 am
WHERE: MFB Smith St complex, 433 Smith St, North Fitzroy

FILMING OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Address by MFB Commander Frank Stockton and CFA Deputy Chief Officer Geoff Conway
  • Backdrop of kitchen fire simulation scene with MFB and CFA firefighters
  • Interviews with MFB and CFA representatives

For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact the Media and Communications Department on (03) 9665 4452 or media@mfb.vic.gov.au

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