Fire Place Safety
During June Glenorie and Hillside Fire Brigades were called to a Structure Fire in Hillside. Upon arrival of the first appliance crews were faced with a structure well alight. The fire appears to be caused by debris close to the chimney in the roof. This is a great reminder of the danger of an unsafe fire place. We urge residents to make sure chimneys, fire places and areas surrounding fire place components are cleaned regularly, preferably by a professional. When using heaters and fire places always remember the rule to keep all items “a meter from the heater”. It is also recommended to keep a fire extinguisher close to the fire and have a fire place safety gate around the it. For more excellent tips just Google “fire place safety”.
Fires Near Me App
Want to keep up to date with fires in your area? We recommend downloading the Fires Near Me NSW smartphone app from the app store on your iOS or android mobile. This will keep you up to date with all hazard reductions, bush fires, structure fires and major pile burns in your area. If you already have this app make sure you update it to the most recent edition as NSW Rural Fire Service have added some new features to the app. See below.
New features of Fires Near Me NSW to benefit The Hills residents
THE FIRES NEAR ME NSW mobile application has been upgraded, with users now able to receive notifications about fires and other important safety information in the The Hills Shire area.
NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Superintendent Mathew Smith said this is a significant step forward in communicating important bush and grass fire information to the community.
“Fires Near Me NSW gives users the ability to identify the location and size of bush fire activity in areas of concern for them,” Superintendent Smith said.
“We’ve been listening to what residents have been asking for and the app now provides the ability for users to receive notifications applicable to our Local Government Area, or set up ‘watch zones’ to keep updated on specific areas of NSW.
“The new update now allows residents to receive push notifications for areas of interest, whether it be their home location, family properties or relatives far away.
“In a few short steps, users can set up Watch Zones for more specific information on areas they’d like to keep an eye on.”
Superintendent Smith said this new functionality is an incredibly valuable tool when it comes to preparing for bush or grass fires and being aware of current incidents.
“With more and more people relying on their mobile phones for information, it’s important that users download the latest version of the app, available on both Android and iOS devices,” Superintendent Smith said.
“Fires near Me complements the suite of information tools already available to the public, including the NSW RFS website and 1800 Bush Fire Information Line.”
Users can search for the Fires Near Me NSW app in the AppStore or Google Play. There is also a national version, Fires Near Me Australia, which provides basic information from participating fire agencies interstate.
For more information and ‘how-to’ guides on setting up watch zones and other new functions of Fires Near Me NSW, visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/apps
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or contact the
Brigade: Station Phone: 9652 2017 (leave a
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or call James on 0422 168 914.
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