Don’t die this winter

johnboy 26 May 2009 47

Simon Corbbell, the NRMA, and the fire brigade are running a winter home fire safety campaign here’s the skinny:

    — Install smoke alarms and regularly check they are working;
    — Never ever leave cooking unattended;
    — Everyone knows how to safely exit your home if there is a fire;
    — Keep curtains, tablecloths and bedding away from portable heaters;
    — Keep wet clothing at least 1 metre from heaters or fireplaces and never leave unattended;
    — Clean the lint filter every time before you use a clothes dryer;
    — Check electric blankets for damage or frayed cords and never leave them on when no one is home;
    — Only use one appliance per power point and switch off when not in use; and
    — Keep candles away from flammable materials and always extinguish them before going to bed.

All fine except the second last. Like hell.

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47 Responses to Don’t die this winter
Kods Kods 11:28 am 29 May 09

MWF said :

However, Workchoices is still in existence and there are one or two little paragraphs in the Workchoices legislation that precluded any action my partner might have taken.

Bloody work choices. I seriously want to punch Howard for that one.

I hope you can find an alternative attack point!

Ceej1973 Ceej1973 10:07 am 28 May 09

My neighbours in-laws built a house in Dunlop, only to have it to burn to the ground while they were at work/school, because they left a cordless drill/pack charging. Apparently overheating battery packs that have been charged beyond the required charge time are “time bombs”. Be vigilant

deezagood deezagood 9:39 am 28 May 09

What a terrible story MWF – really brings home the nightmare that a housefire can be. I hope that everything works out for you, and that you are able to rebuild your home and lives in the aftermath of such a horrible event. But your story has certainly inspired me to re-check the existing smoke alarms and maybe buy a few more, so thank you.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 7:29 am 28 May 09

…the cheque came within 5 business days. Slow morning for me…

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 7:28 am 28 May 09

I would love to meet just one person that ever had a good experience with an insurance company. Then I would cross over.

I’ve had several good experiences with insurance, relating mainly to car issues. I’ve had three major claims over the years for accidents, and on each occasion the car was either being fixed or booked to be fixed within 3 days. On one occasion I had a cheque for the full ‘written off’ value of the vehicle (which was more than the vehicle was worth.

Couldn’t have been better.

Aeek Aeek 1:06 am 28 May 09

Westpac has a campaign?

I-filed I-filed 10:21 pm 27 May 09

Kods said :

Is it just me or is this all just a little bit common sense?

It’s reading like viral marketing as an accompaniment to the current Westpac campaign!

MWF MWF 10:13 pm 27 May 09

Thanks guys. I fully expected to be the flame of the week or nutter of the week or something similar 🙁 only because, by now, with all the aftermath of the fire, we are kind of used to being screwed over by the Universe, “God” and whoever else thinks they can screw with us.

All your info was great and yes, we had it at the time. However, Workchoices is still in existence and there are one or two little paragraphs in the Workchoices legislation that precluded any action my partner might have taken.

We have other action up our sleeves though 😉 and in progress. All is not lost. I wish this site had a private message function so I could talk freely with some of you. It does my heart some good to read and feel some support.

Granny Granny 12:40 pm 27 May 09

And it’s a combination of needing to know what services are out there and needing a cup of tea and someone to listen, maybe even let you have a cry while you’re being brave for the rest of the world.

Kods Kods 12:36 pm 27 May 09

Legal aid and places like that can always help, but it does make it hard if you don’t know where to go. When things start going pear shaped all at once it’s hard for that logical side to kick in and get into action.

Granny Granny 12:33 pm 27 May 09

Yes. It’s almost like it would be nice if there was a community counselor at the local health centre where you could just walk in and go, “My husband’s been sacked! I’m scared and I don’t know what to do,” or “Somebody’s just told me my child has a developmental delay. My world is falling apart, and I don’t know who to turn to or where to get help.”

Who knows? Maybe there is for all I know.

Kods Kods 12:28 pm 27 May 09

If you believe you have been sacked on discriminatory grounds you can lodge an application with the AIRC (Australian Industrial Relations Commission).

This has to be done within 21 days, so if you think something is a bit funny, do some research, get your facts straight and call for help!

Some helpful links and contact numbers are: (Workplace Ombudsman) (Australian Industrial Relations Commission)

Workplace Infoline 1300 363 264
AIRC 1300 799 675

Some important tips:
If you have a collective agreement (CA) – read it and understand it
If you don’t have a CA, find out your award, read about the minimum guaranteed conditions in the workplace (the links above will help with this)
Get help if you need it. Support is available on the above links and numbers and larger organisations have HR sections which are more then willing to talk to you if you have a problem.

I wish I was more of an IR guru now so I had more answers for everyone, but it’s important to know where to get help if they need it 🙂

Postalgeek Postalgeek 12:24 pm 27 May 09

Sounds pretty crap treatment MWF. Name and shame the bastard company, so we know not to p•ss on it if we see it on fire. Might even wander in there and accidentally run several appliances off the one power point, including several heaters placed near their curtains, table clothes, and wet clothing.

jessieduck jessieduck 12:19 pm 27 May 09

MWF my heart broke reading your post- wishing your family all the best!

Granny Granny 12:10 pm 27 May 09

What should someone like MWF do to get help in this situation, Kods?

Kods Kods 12:00 pm 27 May 09

My thoughts are with you and your family MWF! I hope things start looking up!

I am deeply angered and absolutely astounded that your partner’s manager could disregard industrial relations legalisation so obviously! Your partner would have been well entitled to challenge their dismissal!

Taken from:

Unfair dismissal: when an employer’s dismissal of an employee is harsh, unjust or unreasonable. For example, when they fail to give an employee any warning about their workplace performance before dismissing them.

Understandably this would have been hard to do after such trauma, but it does upset me the amount of times this kind of ‘Management’ occurs and people let it slide, either because they don’t know any better, or because they have been though a traumatic experience.

Everyone please know your rights in the workplace – thoughtless management will assume you don’t know any better and will rip you off as much as they possibly can unless you don’t let them get away with it!

Loose Brown Loose Brown 11:39 am 27 May 09

That’s terrible MWF!!

Granny Granny 10:39 am 27 May 09

That is so terrible, MWF.

I would love to meet just one person that ever had a good experience with an insurance company. Then I would cross over.

One thing’s for certain … next time I need H-E-L-P I won’t even bother going to the effort of lifting the phone. I pretty much needed to go and seek H-E-L-P after their friendly investigators H-E-L-P-fully compounded the trauma of the incident.

It makes my blood boil that people like this manager are allowed to get away with this behaviour, but at this point in your lives I understand that you have enough on your plate and probably just want to focus on finding another job and getting your lives back together.

My very best wishes to you and your family, MWF. My heart goes out to your poor little kids for what they’ve been through, and I dearly hope that their health doesn’t suffer as a result.

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.”
Charles Austin Beard

Thumper Thumper 9:15 am 27 May 09

Mine goes off everytime I make toast.

I’m now deaf as a post from eating toast 😉

barking toad barking toad 9:00 am 27 May 09

Smoke alarms don’t usually work until they get smoke

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