Fire and Rescue NSW have a nice reminder every year, that with the change of the clocks, it’s a good time to also change the battery in the smoke alarm, which is a great reminder for owners & tenants alike. They also inform us that statistics reveal that almost half of all home fires are started in the kitchen and 43% of all fire fatalities occur in winter.
- Most importantly, have an adequate number of suitable smoke alarms installed throughout the home and make sure that they are tested regularly.
- Make sure you and all your family know two safe ways out of every room in your home.
- Have a written home escape plan in case of fire and practice it regularly.
- Never ever leave cooking unattended.
- If there is a fireplace in the home make sure the chimney is clean.
- If there is a fireplace always place a screen in front of it when in use.
- Check electric blankets for damage or frayed cords before placing on the bed.
- Take care to keep curtains, tablecloths and bedding away from portable heaters.
- Keep wet clothing at least 1 metre from heaters or fireplaces and never leave unattended.
- If you use a clothes dryer make sure you clean the lint filter each and every time you use it.
- Only use one appliance per power point and switch off when not in use.
- Always extinguish candles or any other open flames before going to bed.
- Always handle candles or any other open flame with care.
- Store matches or lighters in a secure place not accessible to young children.
Sourced from Fire and Rescue NSW