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New Year, New Courses

It is often said that a change is as good as a holiday, well why can’t we have both? Currently work is underway on some changes to current courses, additional courses from some old favorites, and also some additions to our RTO scope that will add to our range of training that we deliver.

We hope to have available very soon half-day refresher courses for both; Confined Space Entry, and Work Safe at Heights. These courses will be available both on our public schedules and also for private group bookings.

Stay tuned for further updates on courses.

Fire Safety at Home

Summer months bring with them plenty of good things, however this time of the year also brings along with it a fair share of not so good things also. Fires in bushland have all been too-common for us here in the southern part of Western Australia in more recent times, we can’t do too much to prevent these, but there are some things that we can do around our house. Some tips that may help you could be;

  • Installing mains powered smoke alarms
  • Be alert when cooking and never leave food unattended
  • Purchase fire blankets and extinguishers that meet Australian standards for kitchen and BBQ areas
  • Be educated in the correct use of fire-fighting equipment
  • Know what to do if a person’s clothing catches on fire
  • Develop and practice an escape plan
  • Teach children about fire safety, keep matches and lighters out of reach of children
  • Understand about what to do in case of different types of fires, eg; cooking fat/oil fires, electrical fires, chemical fires etc.

Summer time is also a time in Australia for us to enjoy outdoor living, along with his comes the great Australian barbeque. Here are some tips that you may consider for having a safe barbeque;

  • Be aware of, and ensure that you comply with, any fire restrictions that may be in place such as total fire bans.
  • Ensure that your barbeque is serviced and maintained correctly including scheduled pressure testing of any gas cylinders and checking of the condition of all hoses and connections for any blockages or perishing.
  • Check the cylinders for rust or damage and ensure any connections are clean and fitting snugly before lighting.
  • Always site a barbeque on a firm, level base sheltered from wind gusts and well away from anything flammable like garden sheds, vegetation, fences etc.
  • Have a garden hose or similar continuous supply of water available at all times.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use the correct start up and shut down procedures. NEVER put any flammable liquid on a barbeque.
  • Ensure that the lit barbeque is in the care of a responsible adult at all times.
  • Keep children away from any barbeque and remember to remove and secure any lighters and matches that you have used in lighting the barbeque.
  • Only use a barbeque in a well ventilated area as fumes and gases emitted may be harmful.
  • If a gas leak does occur shut off the cylinder immediately and allow any gas to dissipate.
  • Remember that LPG is flammable, heavier than air and may remain in areas for some time.
  • You may want to consider having a fire extinguisher and/or fire blanket nearby for emergencies and fire safety.
  • Use alcohol responsibly around barbeques.
  • Clear the surrounding area of combustibles before lighting a barbeque.
  • Allow hot ashes or coals to cool for 48 hours before removing them.
  • Consider installing a safety device that shuts off the gas from the cylinder should a leak occur.