Red Cross tackles hidden danger

Vulnerable householders across the Lower South East are set to receive a further measure of fire protection thanks to Red Cross and the generosity of a supplier. Red Cross Limestone Coast regional services manager David Walshaw said carbon monoxide detectors will soon be installed by authorised volunteers in eligible homes at no cost.

He said the recipients would be in such towns as Mount Burr, Nangwarry and Kalangadoo. “Winter months in particular are the peak time for house fires and carbon monoxide poisonings, with most incidents occurring due to improperly ventilated or malfunctioning heater sources,” Mr Walshaw said.

“Families can better protect themselves by having working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of the home and in sleeping areas, as well as fire extinguishers within reach in the kitchen, garage and bedroom.”

Mr Walshaw said Red Cross had previously partnered with Quell to supply and fit smoke detectors to well over 200 vulnerable people’s dwellings at no cost in the Lower South East. “It began after a tragic house fire at Mount Burr in 2019 and this next program builds on that initiative,” he said.

“If you have previously received a smoke detector from us you may be eligible to now have a carbon monoxide detector supplied and fitted for free. “If you are receiving a Centrelink benefit you may also be eligible. “To find out, please contact the Mount Gambier Red Cross office in the first instance on 8725 3622.

Quell spokesman Brad Taylor said his company was a leader in the fire safety products industry. “We recognise that we have a responsibility to the communities we serve and that’s why we actively give back through charitable programs like the Red Cross Volunteer Home Handyman program,” Mr Taylor said.

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