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Firefighters take winter fire safety blitz to the snow

Published: 23rd June 2010

The NSW Fire Brigades (NSWFB) is conducting comprehensive fire safety inspections of Thredbo Village ski lodges this week as the busy NSW snow season gets under way.

Emergency Services Minister and Member for Monaro Steve Whan said NSWFB and Department of Planning fire and building safety experts were spending six days inspecting more than 75 ski lodges, hostels, apartments and motels in and around Thredbo.

"Each year thousands of holiday makers descend on Thredbo to enjoy the snowfields," Mr Whan said.

"Fire officers will inspect the various kinds of accommodation on offer to ensure that smoke alarms are fitted in all sleeping areas and adequate fire exits are available.

"These inspections play a vital role in providing a fire safe environment for permanent residents of the ski lodges and holidaymakers looking to enjoy the 2010 ski season," he said.

NSWFB Commissioner Greg Mullins said the fire safety inspections in Thredbo were integral to NSWFB's ongoing commitment to promoting winter fire safety and undertaking regular fire safety inspections across the State.

"The NSWFB undertakes fire inspections throughout the year to ensure public buildings, major venues and events in NSW are as safe as possible," Commissioner Mullins said.

"Winter is traditionally the most dangerous time of year for fires within the home.

"A fire can take hold in just minutes but simple fire prevention steps take only seconds and can help both holidaymakers and residents alike avoid a house fire this winter."

For simple fire safety advice visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au or www.3minutes.com.au