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Australia’s best corporate trainers are now opening up their First Aid training to the general public with the introduction of our open training courses.

We still conduct the best training Australia wide. Call us on 1300 475 093 to find out more

Provide First Aid Training HLTAID003


Education First Aid HLTAID004


Asthma & Anaphylaxis

Fire Warden PUAWER005B & PUAWER008B


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Daylight Saving – buy batteries now!

Daylight savings end in South Australia this Sunday, don’t forget to wind your clock BACK one hour. WE all know what that means, when it’s time to change the clocks it’s also time to change the back up batteries in your smoke detectors. Pop them in your shopping basket today or tomorrow to have them ready on Sunday!


Change your clocks and clean your smoke detector

It’s HERE, happy daylight savings everyone, we hope you parents with small children will soon be sleeping past 5:30am now that the clocks have SPRANG FORWARD ONE HOUR!
Most of us know now that daylight savings coincides with a push to change your smoke detector batteries but did you also know that you should clean your smoke detector? How? Let us show you!

Firstly you need to remove the cover of your smoke detector, this will vary depending on the model you have but it most likely requires a small twist. Instructions are often printed on the outside of the unit either pressed into the plastic moulding or via a sticker. To do this you should be as close as possible to the smoke detector and ensure you are standing on a stable surface designed for supporting the weight of an adult at height such as a step ladder.

Remove the old 9v back up battery by peeling the connector from the battery head, pulling may cause the wires in the connector to become detached. In Australia most smoke detectors will require a 9v battery as their back up but not all units have these, especially if your property was built pre 1999 and has not been sold since. If you are unsure, many companies across Australia can attend your premises to replace the smoke detector battery and clean the appliance, this way you can be sure of the type of you unit you have and what maintenance it requires, searching online is the best way to find a company near you. The other alternative is to look for a serial number stamped into the moulding and search online for maintenance instructions.

Once the battery has been removed it is time for the cleaning part, the best method involves suction to ensure any dust or pollutants that may be trapped in the unit are removed, trapped dust and pollutants are the second most common cause of false alarms, the first being the old burnt dinner! We suggest using your vaccum hose with a small brush attachment to clean the unit (even though the picture below shows a unit being cleaned with the cover on)

If you are unable to reach your unit with a vacuum, the next best method is to blow with your mouth (or a hairdryer) and use a clean cloth to wipe away any dust that is dislodged from the unit. Any type of cloth will do as long as it is DRY and CLEAN.We do not recommend using dusters as they often push pollutants further into the unit causing more problems than they solve, magic wand, feather duster, swirling microfibre – it doesn’t matter what brand you use, a duster is not recommended for this purpose.

Now that you are done, connect the new battery and reinsert it into the unit. Replace the cover of your smoke detector and most importantly TEST YOUR ALARM

Most units will have a small button located on the ‘face’ of the unit which is used to test the alarm, press it once now to ensure the battery has been correctly installed and the unit is now working.


Should your smoke detector fail to respond, remove the cover and check that the battery has been properly connected, replace the cover and try again. Occasionally wires which connect the unit to the battery can become detached when the battery is changed, if your unit fails to respond twice you may need to call an electrician.

Should your smoke detector start beeping frantically as soon as the new battery is connected, it is likely that a piece pollutant has been pushed into the detection area and is setting off the alarm. Remove the battery, clean the unit again and then try to reconnect the battery. This may need to be done two or three times until the dust or pollutant is dislodged.

Repeat for every smoke detector in the home, not just the one near the kitchen. Don’t forget to ensure smoke detectors are installed outside of bedroom entrances, even if you are renting you can purchase a battery only alarm from bunnings which can be mounted with sticky foam for approximately $10 each or placed on top of a high piece of furniture such as a bookcase.

And lastly – don’t forget to test every smoke detector ONCE A MONTH, it only takes 2 seconds to press the little button and make sure the unit beeps back at you, set a reminder on your phone to let you know when a month has passed!

If you have any questions please feel free to email them to us info@affa.net.au

Anaphylaxsis – would you know what to do?

Allergies are becoming more and more commonplace in today’s society among both adults and children. Those who work with the public or in a one on one setting should consider undertaking anaphylaxsis training.


Would you know what to do if someone in your care went into anaphylactic shock? For more information please click on the link!


Evacuation Diagrams

We have updated the information on our Evacuation Diagram page on our website. On December 10, 2010 Australian Standard 3745-2010 was updated an included changes to the legal requirements for Evacuation Diagrams, this included among other things:


All diagrams must be titled Evacuation Diagram

All  diagrams must include a legend of symbols used

All diagrams must show the emergency assembly area (either pictorially or state location in words)

All diagrams mst show you are here location

Exits must be show in green

Equipment must be highlighted


A list of optional extras was also included in the recommendations such as;

Green arrows marking exit path

Indicating North

Indicating first aid stations and equipment

Direction of opening on exit doors

At Australian Fire & First Aid we include these optional extras and more as part of our standard evacuation diagram. All maps can be customised to suit your company colours, decor and can include a range of features mentioned on the EVACUATION DIAGRAM page.

Mark up prices include printing of your first map and premises which have a high potential to cause harm or damage to maps are able to purchase digital copies to allow continous self replacement.

As always we deliver above and beyond national standard and tailor our service to meet your needs.

Call us today for more information on our tailored corporate training and safety services (08) 8596 4243 or email info@affa.net.au

Launch of our new WHS Vlog

Our highly successful WHS blog is being turned into a Vlog and housed on our YouTube Channel so you can meet some of the members of our team. Our clips will soon be ready but there is one question we are being asked daily at the moment and we did’t think Australia could wait any longer, so we filmed a quick clip in the office using our energy saving toshiba laptops. The number one question we are currently asked is ‘Will fire training be compulsory under WHS’? If you’d like to know the answer simply click on the clip below!

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Christmas Closure

Our offices are closing today for the Christmas Break!

Please don’t worry if you have a course booked over the Christmas period, our hard working trainers are still on the road delivering the very best in tailored training courses to corporate Australia, contact details for your trainer have been supplied to the staff member who booked your course. We will be reopening on Monday January 9th 2012 at 9am and we will hit the ground running, all available dates for all course in all locations are just about fully booked, there are only a few dates left in January and February!

Our Work Health Safety (WHS)  blog has been a huge success, doubling the hits we receive each day, we will be turning the blog into a vlog (video blog) over summer so you will get to ‘meet’ us in person. There is always plenty going on at AFFA and we can’t wait to share it with you all via our blog and vlog. If you aren’t currently subscribed to the blog it’s easy to do, just click on the link in the sidebar at the right of this post to receive email notifucation everytime we post a new article.

We hope you all have a very happy and of course safe Christmas and New Year, we look forward to working with you all again in the new year.

We’ll leave you with a little Christmas Safety Humour!

We’re back online!

Thank you all for your patience yesterday with the email situation. We are now back online and receiving emails at our affa.net.au domain. Please remember that we have no way of retrieving emails which were sent yesterday September 21st, 2011, please resend your emails now. We’re not ignoring you, we promise!

A huge THANK YOU to Nick, the website ninja, from Quisk Design for sorting out the problem so quickly for us. We use Quisk for various things across all of our companies including logo design, web design, flyers, banners, promotional items, magazines and more. If you are looking for a local SA company who can truly partner your business and meet your marketing concept and design needs, you need to talk to Quisk Design, located at Jetty Road, Glenelg (08) 8350 0088

Website under construction (email issues)

Dear Valued Customers,

This website is still under construction, we are taking this opportunity to review all of our documents and information to ensure it is current and correct. Each of our training courses and safety services has its own page with a downloadable PDF document explaining in detail what the course/service entails. If you are unable to locate the information you require please call our office on (08) 8596 4243

Due to technical issues arising from the set up of this new website our company emails are temporarily unavailable and will be for the next 48 hours. We are still able to send emails however we are unable to receive them.

Any emails which have been sent today (Wednesday September 21st) are not retrievable and will need to be resent next week.

If you need to contact us in writing urgently you can send emails t0 (address removed) for the next 48 hours only.

All phone lines, mobile phones, Facebook, twitter and of course our blog are operational and we can be contacted via any of these mediums.

Charlene 0417 083 599
Mark 0413 463 790
Office (08) 8596 4243

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Burning down the house?

It’s no secret that the first week Australian Fire & First Aid moved to their new premises in early 2011, Mrs P almost burned down the kitchen. To be fair it wasn’t her fault, a brand new recently installed electric hotplate had a short in the wiring. The resulting large bang (now referred to as the explosion for the sake of a good story), the smoke and sparks sent Mrs P running to the storage area for one of the many extinguishers we keep on hand here at AFFA.  We were lucky that not only did we have the right equipment on hand for an electrical fire but that Mrs P was able to identify the fire type, select the right extinguisher and correctly use it to put out the fire. We were also extremely lucky that the cause was not a grease fire, the most common type of fire to occur in kitchens as we had not yet installed our fire blanket – it lay virtually useless on the bottom shelf of the pantry.

How many of you have done the right thing and bought yourself a fire blanket to keep in the kitchen, garage, workshop or workplace? Great quite a few if recent sales statistics are to be believed. Now hands up those of you have actually INSTALLED your fire blanket? Yes install it, that’s right you need to do more with these babies than just bring them home and chuck them on a shelf somewhere.

How to correctly install a fire blanket

What you need

1) A fire blanket which meets Australian Standard

2) A bare piece of wall at chest height

3) A drill or screw driver

4) Some screws and wall plugs


First select a piece of wall in or near the area you wish to install the blanket.

Ensure you have room to move around the blanket, 1 metre square is preferable.

Check the area where you would like to install the blanket to ensure there are no obstacles at ground level such as stored items or rubbish bins that you may trip over during an emergency.

Make sure there is a direct clear path to the most likely source of fire from the spot of installation.

Never install the blanket on the back of a door, one emergency at a time is enough to deal with, we don’t want you getting squished behind any doors.

Ideally the best height is chest height of the person who uses the area most; in the case of a shared use area it is best to err on the too high side. The blanket needs to be high enough for the warden/responder to pull down firmly on the tabs to release the blanket from its housing. The lower part of the tabs should be between chin and chest height for the majority of users for the area of installation.

Insert screws into eyelets in blanket housing and then fix to wall at appropriate height. Do not hang blanket on hooks or similar this is dangerous (can cause gouge injuries) and is not strong enough to hold the blanket housing when the blanket is trying to be released in an emergency

Common Problems

Blanket is not secure and comes off wall when tabs are pulled – to avoid this try locating a support beam within the wall, at the correct height to fix the screws into or use wall mates or wall plugs to help fix the screws into the wall more securely.

When I pull the blanket isn’t released – the blanket is most likely too low. Securing the blanket at a greater height allows you to use more inertia and more of your arm and shoulder muscles to pull down quickly and firmly to release the blanket.

How often do we lull ourselves into a false sense of security by just making the purchase? You see what we did was about as useful as buying Norton Anti Virus for your computer and never installing it. If you have a fire blanket, first aid kit, extinguisher or smoke alarm in your house or business, take 5 minutes right now to make sure it is correctly installed or stored. Don’t wait until there is an emergency to find out if your safety products are useful.

This picture is of Mrs P’s installed fire blanket in the pantry at home. It is installed quite high as all the residents in this house are tall.

If you found this post useful your may want to check back in the near future for similar posts.

Coming soon: Money down the sink – How to properly store your first aid kit, Shouldering the weight – Are your extinguishers correctly installed or are you a shoulder injury waiting to happen?