Emergency information, Campfire safety , LPG and Electrical appliance safety

Please  click here for Emergency Assembly Points evacuation map.

Evacuation locations would depend on the specific threat and prevailing conditions at the time.

If it were a fire, and access to the beach was available, then this would be the obvious choice, if access to the beach were blocked, the housing estate behind the foreshore, or the farmland would be the next choice.

Each external organisation (schools, groups, tour operators) that uses the foreshore as a base for their camps must have their own emergency management plan in which should be listed the emergency contacts that each organization think that they may need in any of the scenarios that are identified in their own risk management strategy, because each organization runs different activities, the emergency contacts may change.

The advice that we would give would be to call 000, they will connect you to the closest relevant emergency service

POINT LEO FORESHORE FIRE & EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN

Key messages for Campers & Visitors

  • You need to have a personal plan for your safety in the event of Fire or Emergency in the Reserve or nearby.
  • Familiarise yourself with Access tracks, Taps, Exits, Assembly points and Park layout.        (Maps are in laundries, on Notice Boards and on your camping receipt)
  • Stay Calm, Don’t Panic.
  • Do Not Try to Drive out during an emergency
  • Know where your family members are at all times during critical days
  • If threatened, evacuate to the nearest suitable emergency assembly area
  • On Days of Extreme Weather
  • Monitor Emergency radio ABC 774
  • Monitor the CFA fire website or map

The Manager will

  • In the event of Fire or Emergency ring 000 and maintain communications.
  • Unlock Emergency Exits.
  • Direct Emergency vehicles to easiest access
  • Assist and Advise people when it is safe to evacuate in the easiest manner.

Visitors will

  • Notify Emergency services on 000 and the Manager on the emergency contact number 0408536143  in the event of Fire or Emergency.
  • On days of extreme weather conditions monitor Emergency information on ABC radio 774 and the CFA website / app
  • Be Prepared to evacuate to the nearest assembly area.
  • Know where all your campsite occupants are .
  • Place safety above possessions.
  • Not stay and fight fire.
  • Wear suitable clothing.
  • In the event of Fire or Emergency in the Reserve that is likely to affect Camping areas, proceed to the safest Assembly Points on the Beach and Reserve AWAY from the Fire.

 

CAMPERS RESPONSIBILITIES

Campsites will be visited to satisfy compliance.

Campers Must

  • Maintain a 1 metre clear area between structure and site boundary.
  • Have a maintained appropriate Fire Extinguisher kept on site.
  • Have an approved Fire Blanket on site.
  • Have a Smoke detector (caravans only).
  • Ensure Power leads are tested and tagged annually.
  • Ensure Gas Cylinders are current, chained and locked with safety Valves facing away from structure (Caravans).
  • On days of Extreme conditions monitor ABC radio 774 or the CFA website / App

 

Fire Restrictions at Point Leo

Total Fire Ban Days

Total Fire Ban restrictions can be declared by CFA or Point Leo Foreshore Reserve Staff and are days when fires are likely to spread rapidly and be difficult to control.

On Declared days of Total Fire Ban the Point Leo Foreshore Reserve prohibit the use of ALL fuel stoves, BBQ`S, Camp stoves, Gas Stoves,  gas lights and gas lanterns and all other naked flame implements throughout the entire park including both in and outside caravans, tents, RVs, campervans, vans and vehicles.

Only electric stoves and electric BBQ`s are allowed on Total Fire Ban Days

Campfires are prohibited during daylight savings and all Total Fire Ban Days

 

NON Total Fire Ban Days

You MUST

  • you MUST have a working fire extinguisher that is approved for your stove fuel type
  • A minimum distance of 3 meters on all sides of your stove must be cleared from all flammable materials
  • Stoves MUST NOT be pushed back into vegetation and MUST be a minimum of 3 meters away from all vegetation when in use
  • An adult who has the capacity and means to extinguish the stove must be there at all times when the stove is alight .

Camp Fires

  • .Fires are strictly prohibited during daylight savings. Outside of daylight savings fires are permitted with the Rangers consent and with the following conditions.
  • Fires are strictly prohibited when wind warnings are current. Decisions regarding conditions made on any given day will be in effect until 7 am the following morning, regardless of any change in condition overnight.
  • There must be a minimum distance of 3 meters between all fires and vegetation and flammable material
  • The fire must be in a drum with solid sides at least 30 cm high.Sand MUST be placed beneath the drum to prevent ground scarring.Sand MUST be placed beneath the drum to prevent ground scarring.
  • Sand MUST be placed beneath the drum to prevent ground scarring
  • Enough water / or a fire extinguisher must be readily accessible with the capacity to fully extinguish the fire at all times when the fire is lit.
  • A responsible adult must be present at all times when the fire is lit
  • The fire must be fully extinguished before you go to bed or out for the day
  • The fire must raised of the ground by at least 5cm
  • All wood, including kindling be brought in from outside of the reserve, no wood is to be scavenged from the reserve whatsoever.
  • Wood is now available for purchase from the office during office hours.
  • All ash be placed in the ash bins provided.

Gas stove and lantern safety in camping vehicles

  • Only use heaters and cookers designed for indoor operation
  • Ensure adequate ventilation – open doors and windows etc
  • Follow the health and safety instructions provided with your gas appliance, and operate only as intended by the manufacturer
  • Turn off your appliance if you begin to suffer a headache or feel sick while using it and have the appliance checked by a licensed gasfitter
  • Use only gas heaters that have a proper flue installed
  • Ensure heater flues and ventilation openings are not obstructed
  • Never use a gas oven or cooker as a heater

 

Gas stove Safety when using outdoors

  • Use your stove in an open and clear space
  • Gas appliances need adequate ventilation. Some Stoves must not be used indoors or in a confined space, where they might cause toxic fumes and smoke or start a fire. To prevent a fire hazard ensure there is adequate clearance around the barbecue. Never use a barbecue designed for outdoor use inside a caravan, tent, garage or house.
  • Never use a gas appliance in a tent or canvas-type annex
  • Keep gas appliances well away from the outside of a tent or annex
  • Ensure the stove  is completely extinguished before the adult leaves.
  • Do not use outdoor stoves in windy conditions as the burners may blow out, risking a gas leak – barbecues do not have a safety device to turn off the gas when the flame goes out.

Electrical Safety

For caravans

Connecting to electricity supply

Power is available to caravan and camper vans at sites by connecting a supply extension lead from a socket outlet at an on-site connection facility to an inlet socket fitted on the van.

  • The supply extension lead must be one continuous length and be rated at 15 amperes.  The lead should also be between 3 and 15 metres long.
  • The lead should also be secured to the tie bar at the site connection facility.  Ensure the lead does not cross vehicle tracks or block access ways.
  • Worn or damaged leads should be repaired or replaced.
  • Always fully uncoil leads before using them.
  • Power leads should be tested and tagged annually
  • Only one lead shall be connected to each socket outlet at the on-site connection facility.
  • There must be a separate lead for each inlet socket on the van.
  • Double adaptors must not be used to connect supply leads into the on-site connection facility.

Is your caravan safe?

The caravan must be wired to Australian New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 3001 by an electrical contractor.  A Caravan Installation Test Certificate (sticker) should be attached to the caravan to show that it meets the safety standards.

When connecting to caravan park site facility, check that the socket outlet has a safety switch.

For tents

  • Supply extension leads need to meet the requirements as outlined for caravans.
  • If the on-site connection point does not have safety switch protection for the outlets, it is recommended that a portable safety switch be used to supply the tents.
  • Electricity supply must not be obtained from another tent having a different occupier or situated on another site.

If there is more than one appliance to be connected in the tent, use an approved portable socket outlet box.  Place the outlet box on a rigid support in a dry and protection position.Connecting electrical equipment in a tent

If possible, switch the power off at night or when electricity is not being used.

There are additional hazards for campers in tents.  The combined factors of electricity and damp areas (such as grass, canvas etc) are potentially fatal.

  • Ensure that electrical appliances are of an approved type and are sufficiently robust for the harsh conditions that may be encountered whilst travelling and camping.
  • Light fittings should be of durable and insulated construction with protection against lamp breakages.
  • Keep appliance leads and extension leads out of the way.  Leads trailing around in a tent are dangerous, especially for children.

What should I do if I receive an electric shock?

Despite all the precautions we take, faults can occur in electrical wiring, appliances and equipment that cause electric shocks or damage to property.  If you receive an electric shock or property is damaged (even if it is only minor) due to an electrical incident:

  • STOP using the appliance, or keep away from whatever gave you an electric shock; and
  • report the electric shock by telephoning your local network operator and park manager on 0408536143