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How to be fire safe in winter
Each year Fire and Rescue NSW attends over 4,500 residential fires, with nearly 30 percent occurring in winter months. As people start to use heaters, electric blankets and cook more at home, the number of fires increases. Winter is traditionally the most dangerous time of the year for home fires, which can take hold in just minutes, but taking simple fire prevention measures takes only seconds. Here are some quick, easy steps you can take to reduce the risk of fires in your home.
Fire and Rescue NSW advise that you should:
- Turn off the stove before leaving the kitchen.
- Ensure portable heaters are at least one metre away from curtains, clothing, tablecloths and bedding. Switch them off when going to bed.
- Consider placing a fire extinguisher and fire blanket in the kitchen.
- Make sure power points aren’t overloaded.
- Use extreme caution with candles and naked flames ensuring they are extinguished before leaving the room
- Clean the lint filter in your clothes dryer each time before use. Synthetic clothes can produce static electricity and the heat generated from the drying process can ignite built-up lint.
- Check your smoke alarm to make sure it is in working order.
- Practice your escape plan regularly with the whole family.
- Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
- Ensure cigarettes are fully extinguished, especially before going to bed.
Fires can start so easily, to see how quickly they can start, please watch the videos below.
- Do a home fire safety audit - "Linda's story" highlighting the dangers of fire. (YouTube)
- Overloaded double adapter sparkes and ignites (YouTube)
- A kitchen oil fire
Fire and Rescue NSW also have some helpful tips on how to keep safe in your kitchen and home. For further information please visit: