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Big Safe Day: Out to save a life

Published: 17 September 2015

Big Safe Day: Out to save a life
A volunteer fire fighter demonstrates how to deal with an oil fire in the kitchen – by turning off the source of heat and covering the saucepan with a lid or fire blanket for at least 20 minutes.

More than 300 families visited Logan's Big Safe Day Out to learn the facts and figures that could save a life.

They learned that a sleeping person has no sense of smell; that smoke alarms have a use by date of 10 years; and that water expands by 700 times its volume –generating oxygen when poured onto burning oil – causing a fireball.

City of Logan Mayor, Pam Parker, said Big Safe Day Out successfully highlighted what people could do to prepare for a disaster – and thanked the many volunteers and professional emergency services personnel who attended the event.

"People shouldn't feel helpless during a disaster, just waiting to be rescued or told what to do. By planning ahead, making sure they have an emergency kit with supplies, a planned escape route; and essentials such as a mobile phone, they can reduce their risks considerably," she said.

"Fitting their house with photo-electric smoke alarms and having a fire blanket in the kitchen, for example can also mean the difference between life and death.

"Big Safe Day Out was all about informing people of what they can do to help themselves, and I would like to thank all of the people from emergency services and volunteer organisations who donated their time to making the day such a success."

The event was hosted by Logan City Council and featured demonstrations by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Queensland Police Service, State Emergency Services, Queensland and St Johns Ambulance Services, Logan House Fire Support Network, GIVIT, the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, Red Cross and a range of other organisations that provide assistance before, during and after a disaster.