It’s important to act quickly during a home fire to keep you and your household safe.

Home fire escape plan

You may be stressed or disorientated if you’re in a home fire, which is why it’s important to follow your escape plan.

  • Make sure everyone in the household escapes safely by:
  • Evacuating immediately via the nearest exit.
  • Crawling low under smoke.
  • Going to your safe meeting place.
  • Calling 000.
  • Not re-entering a burning house for any reason.
  • Waiting outside for firefighters to arrive.

Important note: Stop, drop, cover, roll if a person’s clothing is on fire.

Extinguishing a fire

You should never try to put out a fire if it could put your or anyone else’s life at risk.

Fire blankets and fire extinguishers can be used to put out small fires at home. It’s important to only use a fire blanket or fire extinguisher in the first few seconds of ignition, and only if you’re confident that you know how to use them safely.

If attempting to extinguish a fire

Fire blankets

Fire blankets can be used to extinguish small fires in the home, garage or caravan. Fire blankets can also be used to wrap around a person whose clothes have caught fire.

Store fire blankets in or next to the kitchen. Do not store fire blankets next to or above a stove.

Only buy fire blanket that carries the Australian Standards Mark AS 3504.

Using a fire blanket

Before use, read the manufacturer’s instructions. Everyone in your household should know when and how to use a fire blanket.

Remember, fire blankets should only be used once and then replaced.

Fire extinguishers

No single fire extinguisher covers all types of fires. Using the wrong type of extinguisher on a fire may have disastrous consequences, causing the fire to spread or injury.

The most common fires in the home are cooking fires, so it’s important to consider this when purchasing a fire extinguisher.

BE dry chemical powder fire extinguishers are the most suitable for kitchens. They are used to fight:

  • Electrical fires
  • Fires caused by flammable liquids

The BE type can also be used to put out small cooking oil fires, although the safest way to extinguish a contained cooking fire (such as a fat fire in a pan) is by using a fire blanket.

Using a fire extinguisher
Disposing of a fire extinguisher

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