Fire, gas and smoke

Smoke can be dangerous when inhaled, and even result in poisoning when carrying toxins from chemical fires. Fire is extremely dangerous with fire accidents resulting in long term scarring and even death. Don’t allow children near matches or lighters. Be cautious with birthday candles. Keep guards in front of fireplaces. Check fire safety labels on clothing, bedding and other materials. Be aware of fire risks when driving, walking or camping in rural areas. It is mandatory to install a smoke alarm in all residences and buildings where people sleep. Add reminders in the calendar at the back of the Guide to periodically check alarm batteries, fire extinguishers and blankets. Familiarise and drill your family with the alarm sound and other warning signal (consider a whistle used solely for an evacuation purpose). Prominently display a map with your evacuation plan and designated meeting spot.

Featured home safety resources

 Wherever you are in Australia, these featured resources are available nationally.

Please navigate through the subsections above to find more local or specific contacts.

National contacts

This is a brief list of organisations listed throughout the Safe section, which provide a national emergency or safety service. For specific services or to see what’s available in a local area please browse the subsections in the menu above.

000 Triple Zero emergency

Ambulance, Fire, Police

Poisons Information

24 hour

State Emergency Services

24 hour

Translating and Interpreting Service

24 hour

State and local areas

Alcoholics Anonymous

24 hour

Crime Stoppers

24 hour

Kids Help Line

24 hour


24 hour

Emergency contact list

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– Contacts and resources


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Acknowledgement of Country

In the spirit of reconciliation Children's Guide acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.