SMOKE DETECTORS

How long is it since you checked that your smoke detectors are functioning properly?

If you don’t have smoke detectors or if your detectors are old (that is, more than 10 years old), get some new ones installed. Either buy and install battery operated detectors yourself following the manufacturer’s instructions, or if you prefer to have your detectors hard wired, get them installed by a qualified electrician.

Similarly, if your detectors are in good condition but it’s been a while since you replaced the batteries, including in hard wired smoke alarms, do it now. Try to replace them at least every six months; use the start and end of daylight saving as your reminder.

 

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Fire Action Week

Council's Fire Planning

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) Act 1958 requires Council to develop and maintain a Municipal Fire Management Plan, which focuses on the fire risks to the municipality and is a sub plan of the Municipal Emergency Management Plan.

The plan includes a fire management planning framework for the municipality. It is coupled with a firm commitment to a co-operative approach, including information sharing across all agencies and communities.

The Plan also implements many of the recommendations of the Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission, such as the identification and designation of Neighbourhood Safer Places (Places of Last Resort) and dissemination of Community Information Guides.


Neighbourhood Safer Places (Places of Last Resort)Top of document.

Neighbourhood Safer Places ‑ Places of Last Resort are identified buildings or spaces within the community thatmayafford some protection from radiant heat, which is the biggest killer during a bushfire.They are a place of last resort and should be used if your Bushfire Survival Plan fails and you have nowhere else to go.

They are not designed for all day relocation. There will be few comforts and services available and they will offer only limited protection from smoke and embers.

The following Neighbourhood Safer Places ‑ Places of Last Resort locations within the City of Ballarat have been identified and assessed by the CFA and comply with CFA guidelines:

  • Ballarat CBD– on Sturt Street, between Dawson and Lydiard Streets.
  • Buninyong CBD– In the area bounded by Learmonth (Midland Highway) and Inglis Streets, and Forest and Warrenheip Streets.
  • Invermay– Invermay Recreation Reserve, Muscatel Rd.
  • Mount Clear– Midvale Shopping Centre (rear car park), Corner of Geelong and Whitehorse Roads.
  • Canadian– Parkland on Provincial Way, between Broderick and Ryder Courts.

To find out more, visit the CFA’s website and conduct a Search under ‘Neighbourhood Safer Places’.

Download a copy of the Neigbourhood Safer Places Plan.


Community Information GuidesTop of document.

The CFA has identified certain Ballarat suburbs and townships within the municipality as areas of high bushfire risk. Some of these townships straddle the municipal boundaries between the City of Ballarat and neighbouring local governments.

Community Information Guides have been developed for the following locations:

These guides provide township-specific information to enable residents, visitors and emergency services to make a quick, informed and planned response to a fire, and have been distributed to all residents and businesses within these high fire risk areas. They contain a map with specific information including the locations of roads, police, fire stations and schools.


Home Fire SafetyTop of document.

If you think a house fire won’t happen to you, consider this – so did the residents in the 50* Ballarat households whose homes are damaged by fire each year. House fires typically arise from a variety of causes. Remember, most house fires are preventable, so take some simple precautions and keep your household safe.

The average number of structural fires in the City of Ballarat each year for the five year period from 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2012.

Please visit CFA - Fires in the home  for valuable information on preventing fires in your home and developing a fire escape plan.


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