With this cold snap predicted to continue for the next couple of days, Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is urging residents to take every precaution to avoid a fire in the home.
FRNSW community safety and research chief superintendent, Mick Morris said the cooler months saw a 10 per cent increase in the number of home fires, with more fires in bedrooms and loungerooms due to heaters, electric blankets, and the like.
“Don’t put yourself or your family at risk,” he said.
“We want to remind people to be careful when using heaters and to keep everything in the house ‘a metre from the heater.’
There are a number of other simple steps you can take to prepare your home against the risk of fire this winter:
Chief superintendent Morris said residents should also ‘keep looking when cooking’ to avoid kitchen fire catastrophes.
“Kitchen fires account for 45 per cent of all residential fires and 34 per cent of injuries in NSW.
“Flames or heat sources being left unattended are the most common cause contributing to kitchen fires.
“It can take just three minutes for a fire to take hold, but only seconds to prevent one.
“To avoid kitchen fire catastrophes, we urge people to “keep looking when cooking”. It’s a simple way to avoid losing your home or even worse, your loved ones or your own life.”
FRNSW recommends the following simple safety checklist for home cooks:
Chief Superintendent Morris said if you remember these simple rules, you’ll be on your way to having a safe, fire‑free winter.
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