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The Rising Risks of Vertical Schools for Students and Teachers

Multi Story Schools

With the popularity of vertical schools in New Zealand on the rise, Evaculife Managing Director Bruce Bromley said schools are now needing to address the additional risks related to fire safety in multi-story structures more than ever before.

The increase in vertical schools is a response to the growing demand for education in cities, with recent reports suggesting that Victoria will need an extra 220 schools by 2026.

The first vertical school in Australia opened in 1976, however Victoria now has a handful of inner-city schools, with one opening in South Melbourne earlier this year.

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Children and Fire: Essential Safety Information to Keep Them Safe


Every year, a significant number of house fires are started by curious children playing with lighters or matches. These fires cause damage, injuries and death, and the majority could be avoided.

In this article, we’ll share some tips to help you understand why children light fires, explain why you must educate them and show you how to identify and remove potential risks in your home to keep your kids and your family safe. Keep Fire Out of Reach Always store lighters and matches well out of reach of children, preferably in a locked cabinet or cupboard up high. Never storeRead More

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Home Fire Safety Tips for High-Risk Groups


When it comes to home fire safety, some groups and individuals have a higher risk of injury or death. Most vulnerable are children under five and adults aged 65 plus, as both are twice as likely to die in a residential fire than the general population. Other high-risk groups are people with disability including reduced mobility, cognitive impairment, hearing loss or blindness.

If anyone in your home is in a high-risk group, it’s essential that your home fire escape plan includes the extra steps required to assist them in an emergency. Read on to learn some important tips to helpRead More

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How to Make an Effective Home Fire Escape Plan


If a fire starts in your home it can spread rapidly, which is why the warning from your smoke alarm is critical to your survival. However, once a smoke alarm sounds you may only have one or two minutes to get out safely, so having an effective fire escape plan is also a must.

Making a plan and ensuring your home is well prepared for a house fire doesn’t take much time or effort, and it can be the difference between life and death. To help you put your plan together, here are 7 simple steps to creating an effectiveRead More

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Why Every Home Needs a Carbon Monoxide Alarm

If you’re like most people, you probably haven’t thought too much about carbon monoxide. But carbon monoxide is a common cause of fatal poisoning in homes around the world – and the number of cases of poisoning is on the rise in Australia too.

In 2010, Chase and Tyler Robinson died from carbon monoxide poisoning from an unserviced gas heater in their rental property. They were only eight and six years old.

The Chase & Tyler Foundation is a national, not-for-profit organisation which was established to reduce the number of deaths and injuries throughout Australia caused by carbon monoxide. ThroughRead More

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Get Down Low and Go, Go, Go

How to teach your kids to be fire safe, and get out safely if a house fire occurs.

House fires in Australia are all too common – on average there are 3000 house fires every year in Victoria alone. If you have children, you must educate them on the risk of house fires, and practise your escape plan so they’ll know what to do if they are ever caught in a fire. Here’s some tips to help you get your family fire ready. Plan to Survive Every home should have a written fire escape plan, and you should share andRead More

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Change Your Clocks, Check your Smoke Alarms

2018 & 2019 Daylight Saving 1 Apr 2018 – Daylight Saving Time Ended When local daylight time was about to reach Sunday, 1 April 2018, 3:00:00 am clocks were turned backward 1 hour to Sunday, 1 April 2018, 2:00:00 am local standard time instead. 7 Apr 2019 – Daylight Saving Time Ends When local daylight time is about to reach Sunday, 7 April 2019, 3:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to Sunday, 7 April 2019, 2:00:00 am local standard time instead. 6 Oct 2019 – Daylight Saving Time Starts When local standard time is about to reach Sunday, 6 October 2019, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned forward 1 hour to Sunday, 6 October 2019, 3:00:00Read More

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Queensland Smoke Alarm Law Change

From January 1, 2017, new laws requiring all homes install interconnected, photoelectric smoke alarms will commence in Queensland, in a bid by the government to improve public safety.

The legislation applies to all dwellings across the state, and specifies the type, placement and operation of smoke alarms in homes. The laws will be phased in over 10 years, at different rates for new and existing homes, and aim to make sure all houses in Queensland are fitted with effective smoke alarms to prevent loss of life. Why Are the New Laws Important? Fire and Emergency Services Minister Bill Byrne introducedRead More

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How to Have a Fire Safe Sleepover

What you need to know before you let your kids stay overnight Emergencies can happen any time – and when your children sleep over at a friend or relative’s house, as a parent you need to know that the home they are staying in is safe. With an average of 3000 house fires each year in Victoria, it’s essential that every home has basic fire safety measures in place. Before you agree to your child sleeping over, you need to know that if a fire was to happen overnight, the parents in charge have a well-drilled escape plan to helpRead More

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Safe Emergency Evacuation of Schools

With the holidays now over, and the anticipation of the school year ahead, it’s an exciting time for kids, parents and teachers alike. With every new year, there’s new challenges, and teachers have been busy planning – and this goes beyond just classes and the curriculum. Staff at all schools need to have plans in place to make sure that in the event of an emergency, everyone can get out safely.

An evacuation in a school is particularly challenging – that’s why having an emergency evacuation plan that caters for everyone – including those with mobility limitations – is essential.Read More