People urged to check fire safety before leaving home

FRASER Coast residents are being reminded to make sure they are fire safe before heading off on a road trip these holidays.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Acting Commissioner Mark Roche said there were several precautions people could take to ensure they enjoy the summer break safely.

"Before you leave home, we're reminding you to also switch off electrical appliances," Mr Roche said.

"If possible, unplug them at the wall to prevent any electrical faults while you're far away on your getaway."

Mr Roche said smoke alarms should also be checked before leaving home.

"It is essential that your smoke alarms are in working order," he said.

This will ensure that people are alerted to a fire earlier in your absence, minimising the risk of major structural damage and injury to a loved one or firefighters."

Mr Roche also reminded caravaners to ensure they had the right fire equipment such as a photoelectric smoke alarm, a fire blanket and fire extinguisher.

"Never leave cooking unattended, keep tea towels and other flammable items away from cooking appliances, and turn off all gas cylinders while the caravan is being towed or the campervan engine is on," he said.

"It's also important to have a well-practised fire escape plan for your van. Know the location of your caravan's escape windows and hatches, understand how they work and keep them clear."



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