Stop, Drop, Cover and Roll
Stop, Drop, Cover and Roll is a procedure used to extinguish a person’s
clothing that has caught alight.
- Step one
If a person’s clothing should catch on fire they should
immediately stop where they are as running will fan the flames.
- Step two
The person should then drop to the ground immediately.
- Step three
Once on the ground the person should cover their face with their
hands to prevent burns to the face and stop smoke entering the
- Step four
To assist a person with burning clothing roll them back and
forth on the ground, or smother the flames with a
Never beat the fire as this only increases oxygen flow to the
fire, causing the fire to grow larger.
Tips to protect your property from fire
- Install mains powered
- Develop and practice an
Escape Plan with household members
- When installing
security, always select a licensed installer
- When installing heating systems only used qualified
- Guard open fires with a fine mesh screen to prevent sparks
and logs falling out
chimney and flues regularly from built-up ash and soot
- Be alert when
cooking and never leave food unattended
- Never leave lit
cigarettes to burn unattended
- Never leave children unattended with
candles, matches and lighters
- Only purchase
fire blankets and extinguishers that meet Australian
- Know what to do if a person’s clothing catches on fire;
stop, drop, cover and roll
Lithium-ion battery safety
Lithium-ion batteries may catch fire if they are overcharged. The fire is self-sustaining and cannot be easily extinguished by water spray or use of a fire extinguisher.
To learn how to charge lithium-ion batteries safely and avoid the risk of fire, visit the Department of mines, Industry Regulation and Safety website.