With the mercury dropping as we head into the Winter months, it's timely for a reminder in regards to a few things to look out for as we start pulling out the heaters, electric blankets and lighting the fireplaces.
In 2015 there were more than 4000 home fires in NSW and 17 accidental fire deaths - this is a devastating statistic and unfortunately across the country there are equally disturbing numbers recorded.
We have listed below some items and processes for consideration in your home during the cooler months as well as others that require attention all year round:
- Check your power cords for any signs of wear and fraying
- Test your smoke detectors
- Never leave children unattended around fires or any other heating devices
- Clean the lint filter in your dryer regularly
- Check that your chimney is clean
- Ensure you always have a mesh screen in front of a fireplace
- If you are using candles always remember to extinguish them before you go to bed or leave your home
- Use heaters to warm your home and then turn them off when you go to bed
- Never leave electric blankets on for more than half an hour and remember to turn them off when going to bed
- Always ensure that heaters are at least a metre from anything that could be a potential burn hazard such as curtains and furniture
- Avoid “piggybacking” cords via power boards & double adapters
- Sit down with your family and discuss and practice an evacuation plan in the event of a fire or other emergency - children are never too young to discuss what to do in an emergency situation.
The QFES have compiled a "Room by Room" guide to help in fireproofing your home - inside & out - it is well worth the read as there may be some items overlooked previously or perhaps just a reminder that it's been a while since last checked.
For the full checklist you can visit the following page link:
Remember there is no substitute for safety - so take the time to go through your home and be sure that you have done all you can proactively in protecting your family and property from any avoidable tragedy.
Director | Senior Broker
Image Credit: NSW Fire & Rescue