Time to prepare for winter safety

Posted: 10am 07 Jun 2021

Kippa-Ring firefighters are urging people to “take five to get out alive” during winter – the peak season for housefires.

Senior Firefighter Shayne Enright says taking five minutes to prepare in case of fire can save lives.

He suggests following three simple steps to prepare your household – checking that fire alarms work, preparing a fire escape plan with an agreed meeting point, and practicing the plan.

"You can have as little as 15 seconds to get everybody out,” Shayne says.

“An important step in ensuring your family’s fire safety is having working, interconnected photoelectric fire alarms.”

Practice escape routes

Senior Firefighter Terry Moloney says it is important to identify two escape routes from every room and practice an escape plan regularly.

“When we do fire education at school, we tell the kids to turn the lights out and practice when it’s dark, because many fires happen at night and cut the electricity,” Terry says.

Shayne encourages people to look out for neighbours who live alone.

“Keep an eye on people who are vulnerable – the elderly and the young - and make sure they have an escape route.

Look out for neighbours

“Check on elderly people who are living alone, and if they have added security make sure they leave their keys in a safe, accessible place.”

Shayne says kitchens are the most fire-prone room in the house, with almost half of all fires starting there, but bedrooms are not without risk, particularly in winter.

“Check your electric blankets – when they have been folded for storage that can damage the element, and frayed cords are a risk too,” he says.

Top tips

  • Ensure fire alarms are working
  • Prepare a fire escape plan
  • Practice the fire escape plan

Read more local news here.



Exhibition gets personal

Moreton Bay Regional Council is lifting the lid on taboo items from over the decades at the It’s Personal exhibition on display at Pine Rivers Heritage Museum.…

Redcliffe Hospital ICU upgrade complete

A $3.2 million upgrade of Redcliffe Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is now complete. We take a look at what’s been done and how it will help the most critically ill patients.…

More you might like:


Local News   •   24-9-2021  •   Nick Crockford

Group's appeal for help to meet demand across region

Brisbane Seniors Online (BSOL) is in desperate need of more volunteers for its expanded service in Redcliffe and now North Lakes.…

Local News   •   24-9-2021  •   Jodie Powell

Robotic companions delighting people with dementia

Ten new furry friends have joined residents at Bolton Clarke Fernhill. Watch the video……

Local News   •   24-9-2021  •   Nick Crockford

New scholarships to help Moreton Bay students

New scholarships are now available to help students aged 25 years or older at USC’s Moreton Bay campus succeed in their studies.…

Local News   •   24-9-2021  •   Kylie Knight

High achiever wins council bursary

Nikita Mathison hopes to one day lead the next wave of doctors coming out of the Moreton Bay Region, and she’s well on her way thanks to Council’s $1000 National Council of Women of Queensland (NCWQ) bursary.…

Local News   •   24-9-2021  •   Kylie Knight

Moreton Bay Region’s accessible tourism options in the spotlight

Word is spreading about what the Moreton Bay Region can offer the accessible travel market, with a prominent travel website showcasing a range of local providers, destinations, galleries, museums, experiences and natural attractions.…

Local News   •   23-9-2021  •   Kylie Knight

Generosity shines through

Momentum is growing for the inaugural Redcliffe Hospital Giving Day, Wednesday October 13, with local business and community groups creating a range of exciting fundraising events to kickstart the appeal.…

Your free local community newspaper, home delivered fortnightly.

Read Latest Edition