Did you know that fires still happen even during winter?

Find out what to do to prevent winter fires!

Most people think that fires don’t happen during winter. Well, they do. And winter fires can pose bigger threat to you than summer fires.

There are so many factors that contribute to winter fire risk including heating, candles, fireplaces, winter storms and decorations.

Here are some useful tips to help keep your home or building safe from fire this winter season.

  1. Be careful when using heaters. Heating is the most common cause of winter fires. There are several types of heaters and they cause different types of fires.
  • If you’re using an electric heater, make sure that the electric cords are intact and do not overload your circuit.
  • If you’re using a wood stove or a fireplace, do not use flammable liquids to ignite or accelerate the fire. Keep these flammable materials away from the stove or fireplace and be sure that the fire is completely out before you go to bed.
  1. Don’t leave burning candles unattended. Candles make the home smell lovely and creates a warm atmosphere but they are also a common cause of fires. Keep your eyes on the candles and don’t place them anywhere near curtains or other flammable materials. Use candle holders and be sure to extinguish the flame before leaving the room.
  2. Cook safely. Don’t leave your cooking unattended and keep flammable materials away from the fire.
  3. Install smoke alarms. Smoke alarms or detectors are designed to save lives. Damage is more serious when there are no smoke detectors in the area.
  • Make sure that the alarms installed comply with Australian standards.
  • Choose a reliable supplier and installer of smoke alarms.
  • If you’re using batteries, make sure they are replaced annually and don’t forget to check your alarms every month to make sure they are working.
  1. If you’re using electric blanket, always check for damage or frayed wire before using. It is very easy for fire to start from damaged cords and faulty appliances.
  2. Keep matches, lighters and flammable materials away from the reach of children.
  3. Outdoor equipment should stay outside the house. Outdoor heating and outdoor cooking materials should be used outside. Make sure all flames are extinguished and the equipment has cooled down before properly storing.
  4. Portable heaters should be kept away from curtains, decorations and materials that can easily catch fire.
  5. Switch off appliances when not in use and unplug before leaving the room. This helps avoid appliances from overheating and causing electrical fire.
  6. Have a detailed escape plan. Your escape plan should clearly state where your emergency exits are and where your rendezvous point is. Practice your emergency plan so your family members know what to do when a fire breaks out.

Fire can happen anytime, regardless of the season or the type of weather. The best thing to do is follow these fire safety tips to minimise the chances of a fire breaking out.

 

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