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THE Metropolitan Fire Service has
issued a warning to people to pay
attention in the kitchen.
The MFS said cooking fires are the
leading cause of winter house fires,
with firefighters attending 437 cooking-
related fires over the past two winters,
with a further 119 already this winter.
MFS fire cause investigator Shaun
Ruxton said kitchen fires account for up
to 80 per cent of all winter house fires in
SA each year.
"In recent years, four South Austra-
lians have died and another 10 have
been seriously injured due to cooking
fires," Mr Ruxton said.
"We urge all householders to have
and learn how to use a fire blanket and
dry chemical powder fire extinguisher...
so that small fires can be quickly extin-
If a fire is too large, or overwhelming,
the MFS said to evacuate immediately
and call triple zero (000).
warning THE local community can learn about
stroke awareness at a workshop to be
held in Gawler next week.
Run by the Stroke Awareness Associa-
tion at the Gawler Community House,
the free workshop will cover the signs of a
stroke and what to do if someone is hav-
Gawler Community House co-ordina-
tor Heather Barry said anybody can have a
stroke and knowing what to do was vital.
"A stroke doesn't just affect old people,
it can affect even children," she said.
"It's nice to know that even if someone
in your family, or a friend, does have a
stroke, you can, at least, realise what might
be happening and get them to a hospital
as quickly as possible."
Volunteer Helen Tooth had a stroke six
years ago on her way to work and empha-
sised the importance of swift action.
Mrs Tooth, at the time, worked for an
aged-care facility, staffed with nurses, who
knew what do to.
"I was very, very lucky because they
went straight into action," she said.
Six years later and fully recovered, Mrs
Tooth said knowing the symptoms of a
stroke was vital.
"Often it's the speech, your mouth
might droop on one side, you'll feel tin-
gling in your hand, tingling will move up
to your arm and your arm might become
heavy," she said.
"If you believe that it could be a stroke,
don't ignore it."
The stroke awareness workshop will be
held next Wednesday at 2pm at Gawler
NEW rules to be enforced by the South Austra-
lian Government will soon come into effect for
The rules, which kick into gear on July 28, will
protect young drivers' lives, according to the State
The rule changes include night-time driving re-
strictions, which will affect P1 and Learner motor-
cyclists under the age of 25.
Road Safety Minister Tony Piccolo said this restric-
tion means affected motorists cannot drive between
midnight and 5am, except those who have exemp-
tions due to work, study or sporting/artistic activi-
Another rule includes passenger restrictions, which
will only affect P1 drivers under the age of 25.
This rule states that only one passenger aged 16-20
is allowed to be driven by the P1 drivers, and any
breach of this rule will incur a $327 fine and result in
the loss of three demerit points.
This rule does not apply to driving family mem-
Learners will now take the hazard perception test
to progress to the P1 stage (instead of P1 to P2).
Drivers issued licences on or after 28 July will
spend three years on their Ps, instead of two -- this
means one year on P1s and two years on P2.
For further information, visit mylicence.sa.gov.au
-- Christina Gibson
COUNCIL is currently conducting planting
activities in the North Para River corridor from
Willaston Bridge to Drury Street as part of a
joint funding program with natural resource
A COUNCIL contractor has commenced a
footpath upgrade from Main North Road to
Drury Street to High Street this week, with
works expected to be completed within two
weeks, provided no inclement weather delays
SA WATER will be completing a sewer upgrade
within several weeks in High Street from
Calton Road south towards Adelaide. Traffic
restrictions will be in place, with traffic down to
one lane whilst the works are completed.
For further information, contact SA Water.
THE Department of Planning, Transport and
Infrastructure has commenced bus interchange
works at Gawler station; works are confined to
the car park.
Works should be completed mid-to-late August
and are inclusive of upgrading the footpath access
through the car park which will involve connection
to new and safer pedestrian access from 19th Street,
which is being undertaken by council.
It's nice to know that
even if someone in your family, or
a friend, does have a stroke, you
can, at least, realise what might
be happening and get them to a
hospital as quickly as possible.
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