Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Firies Up Heat on Home Safety; Display Just One of Many at Home Show

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Firies Up Heat on Home Safety; Display Just One of Many at Home Show

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Byline: JOSEPHINE GILLESPIE josephine.gillespie@qt.com.au

WHILE innovative solutions for the home and garden took pride of place at the Ipswich Home Show yesterday, fire safety was also a hot topic as veteran officers shared their knowledge with the public.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service community education officer Graham Meekcoms oversaw a simulated fire demonstration which aimed to raise awareness about safety in the kitchen, a key fire hot spot.

He said a common mistake was leaving a pan of oil unattended and attempting to put out the fire with water, instead of with a fire blanket or wet tea towel.

Mr Meekcoms said this only served to heighten the intensity of the blaze, a fact shown during the live demonstration where a pan of canola oil was left on the stove.

aOur retired fire investigator has been to too many kitchen fires,a Mr Meekcoms said.

aThey are mostly avoidable.

aThe kitchen is one of the most dangerous places in the house. …

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