Firies share tips

Penrith Firefighter John-Paul Amputch with his Fire Engine for "My Car".
Penrith Firefighter John-Paul Amputch with his Fire Engine for "My Car".

A FIRE safety workshop for the home takes place at Doonside Cottage on June 25.

"It's to make people aware of fire hazards in the home and to give them the opportunity to speak to firefighters about them," Blacktown Area Community Centres' Doreen Bond said.

"People should know how easily fires can start in the home.

"If the worst does happen, people need to know what to do afterwards."

Huntingwood Fire Station officers will conduct the workshop.

"We're talking about smoke alarms; what types to use and making sure they work," fire officer Rick Cousins said.

"We're also hoping to get our kitchen fire simulator out there. It's a gas-burner with a little bit of oil."

Mr Cousins said it showed what happened when people tried to extinguish an oil-based fire with water.

"If you put just a little water on it, the fire actually spreads," he said.

"It's amazing how many people aren't aware that water actually mixes with the oil and spreads the fire."

He said in the event of a fire destroying part or whole of a home, people had to know who to contact and what to do next.

"You can imagine the stressed state people would be in; they may not remember what to do," Mr Cousins said. "We have a booklet with contact numbers of police, fire officers and others who can help people with insurance or other matters."

Mrs Bond said the fire safety workshop was also going to be a fun day.

"We're putting on a free lunch and anyone in the community is welcome," she said — including children.

Details: Doonside Cottage, 2 Astral Drive, Doonside, 11am-1pm, June 25. Call 9621 2937 or 9626 5312.


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