Think fire safety this Spring

Spring is here and we encourage all households to consider fire safety during your ‘spring clean’ to prepare your home for the warmer months.

Check out the list of handy tips and hints below:

  • take the time to spring clean your smoke alarms by using a vacuum cleaner to remove any dust particles, which can hinder the smoke alarms’ performance in a fire situation
  • clear out any rubbish, piles of old newspapers, cardboard boxes and unused furniture and ensure that nothing is blocking the exit and escape points in the home
  • clean your cooking appliances and remove the build up of grease from range hood filters as part of any spring clean
  • household chemicals, such as pesticides, pool chemicals, and caustic cleaning agents can accelerate the spread of a fire and produce a lot of toxic smoke. Make sure garden and household chemicals are locked well away from children and check the manufacturer’s instructions on the containers regarding storage and use of these chemicals.
  • prune back branches on shrubs and trees in your garden to minimise the fuel load for a potential fire and clean the outside of your house by removing leaves from gutters, roofs and downpipes and fit quality metal leaf guards
  • check  power points and power boards to make sure they’re not overloaded and inspect electrical cords and equipment for damage

And of course, households are always better protected from fire by following a few fire safety precautions and having a working smoke alarm and home escape plan.

Stay safe this Spring with Quell.


Winter is coming: are you fire safety ready?

Winter is Coming: Take the time to look around your home to ensure you are fire safety ready

As you and your family prepare for the winter months ahead, Quell wants to remind you of the importance of equipping your home with working carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. Winter is the peak season for CO poisonings, but with a Quell Carbon Monoxide alarm, safety can be made simple for homeowners.

“With winter quickly approaching, we want to make sure that families are protecting themselves from the dangers of carbon monoxide,” said David Laundry, National Consumer Manager at Quell. “CO alarms provide a critical alert for homeowners when CO is present. Quell is committed to raising awareness about the importance of working alarms that could mean the difference between life and death.”

Statistics suggest that 43% of all fire fatalities occur in winter, often due to the misuse of heaters.  Quell suggest to prevent fire risks this winter, ensure you have a working smoke alarm, that space heaters meet the latest safety standards, which would include having a cut off device, placing heaters on a hard, stable surface and turning heaters off when you leave an area or before going to bed.

Heaters also pose a CO risk if they are faulty or are being used incorrectly. Carbon monoxide, often called the ‘silent killer’ is a clear, tasteless and odourless substance that is produced from the incomplete combustion of gas. Quell recommends having your gas appliances checked by a qualified technician and ensuring that at least one CO alarm is present on each level of your home, ideally in or near any room with a fuel burning appliance (such as boiler, gas cooker, fireplace or heater).

David Laundry says that the winter months can be a serious safety hazard if families are unprepared. “The lead up to winter is a great time, not only to check the fire alarms in your home are functioning, but also to research into what other fire safety equipment you may need in your home to protect your family in the best possible way,” Laundry says.


When daylight saving ends on 7 April 2019, check your smoke alarm

This Sunday, as daylight saving ends, Quell, a leading provider of fire and safety equipment reminds families to check their smoke alarms and replace any expired smoke alarms in their homes. Smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old should be replaced.

“The reasons for a smoke alarm not operating may include battery or alarm failure, both of which require attention and maintenance,” said David Laundry, National Consumer Manager, Quell. “It’s a good idea to check your fire alarm on a day such as the daylight saving changeover because it is memorable and can help ensure continued protection year on year.”

To know when your smoke alarm was manufactured, look for a batch number, which is typically printed near the battery compartment. A batch number of 2406 indicates that the product was manufactured in the 24th week of 2006. Quell alarms have a date of manufacture printed clearly on the base, while some manufacturers now place the expiry date on the smoke alarm.

“Working smoke alarms are the only smoke alarms that can save lives and property, and it is important they are maintained properly,” said Laundry.

So change your clock, check your alarm for the age and replace batteries where possible.


Make Fire Safety a Priority at Your Next BBQ

Protection can be relatively simple and inexpensive. To help prevent fire fatalities and injuries at your home this summer:

  • Only use your barbeque outside. Barbeques are not designed to be used in a caravan, tent, garage or house. Carbon monoxide can build up and poison you.
  • Setup a barbeque in an open area away from buildings, overhead combustible surfaces, dry leaves or brush. Be sure to avoid high traffic areas and always barbeque in a well-ventilated area. Be aware of wind blown sparks.
  • Always read the owner’s manual before using the barbeque.
  • Never use a barbecue indoors. Use the barbecue at least 3 metres away from your house or any building. Do not use the grill in a garage, breezeway, carport, porch or under a surface that can catch fire.
  • Keep a multipurpose fire extinguisher within easy reach. When purchasing a fire extinguisher, choose the largest size that can be handled comfortably.
  • Use a fire extinguisher when the fire is small and contained and only when there is a clear path behind you. Use a fire extinguisher to create an escape path to safety when all exits and escape routes are blocked by fire.
  • Wear clothing that does not have hanging frills or apron strings, and use flame retardant mitts when adjusting hot vents.
  • Never leave a grill unattended once it is lit.
  • Use long-handled utensils to avoid burns and splatters.
  • Never attempt to move a hot grill.
  • If using a charcoal grill, petrol should never be used in place of charcoal lighter fluid. Never reapply charcoal lighter fluid after the fire has started; the flames can ignite the vapours, and travel up to the can causing an explosion.

Consumers should use caution when storing LP gas containers. Always keep containers upright. Never store a spare gas container under or near the barbecue or indoors. Never store or use flammable liquids, like petrol, near the barbecue.

To avoid accidents while transporting LP gas containers, consumers should transport the container in a secure, upright position. Never keep a filled container in a hot car or car trunk. Heat will cause the gas pressure to increase, which may open the relief valve and allow gas to escape.


Research shows voice alert wakens children better than smoke alarm sound

Recent research has found that voice alerts may help wake children more effectively than a traditional smoke alarm sound.

View the most recent 7 News story below to hear more.

Click here to view the video

Quell Wireless Smoke Alarms

Quell recently launched a series of some alarms, featuring wireless interconnectivity with other Quell Wireless Interconnect alarms, meaning if one unit is triggered, all interconnected alarms will sound. Powered by a 10-year battery that lasts the life of the alarm, no battery installation or replacement is necessary. With voice activation, these alarms also allow for easy interconnect setup and eliminates the need for expensive rewiring. Each smoke alarm can be used in different locations through the house – including bedrooms, living areas, kitchens and hallways.


Make great food, not burnt food

Make Fire Safety a Priority in the Kitchen

Everyone enjoys a home-cooked meal. But whether you are preparing a feast or re-warming last night’s leftovers, it’s important to take some basic precautions to avoid turning a quiet meal into a devastating house fire.

Preventing cooking fires can be relatively simple. Here are some ideas to make your kitchen safer:

  • Keep cooking areas free of combustible materials, such as potholders, packaging, and paper towels.
  • Don’t wear loose clothing that can dangle onto a burner and catch fire.
  • Don’t leave food unattended while it cooks.
  • Don’t consume alcohol while cooking. Being even moderately impaired may inhibit response time if a fire breaks out.
  • Keep a kitchen fire extinguisher, such as Quell’s 1 kg unit, suitable for cooking fat/oil fires inside of a kitchen cabinet and a 1 metre x 1 metre fire blanket.
  • Read the instructions and know how to use your extinguisher and fire blanket before a fire breaks out.
  • Check the pressure gauge on your extinguisher monthly to ensure it is charged and ready to use.
  • Only use a fire extinguisher if the fire is small and self-contained. Be sure to notify the fire department before extinguishing the fire.
  • Fire blankets may be used to extinguish small cooking fires and clothing fires.
  • Keep a list of emergency numbers close by.
  • Keep children and pets away from cooking areas by creating a one metre “safe zone” around the stove.
  • Turn pot handles inward to prevent spills.
  • Keep cooking appliances clean to prevent grease build-up, which can ignite if heated directly.
  • Never pour water onto a cooking oil fire.
  • If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent the flames from escaping.
  • Never put metal objects into a microwave. If a microwave fire occurs, keep the door closed and unplug the unit immediately.
  • Develop and practice an escape plan with your entire family. Plan two exit routes from each room, including the kitchen. Practice your escape plan at different times of the day and specify a meeting place outside.

And don’t forget to call 000 in the event of a kitchen fire, even if you have extinguished the flames.



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