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Home Fire Safety

Accidental fires can occur in any home and can be devastating for those involved.

But the good news is: you can prevent this from happening to you.

Follow these simple steps to help keep you and your family safe this winter:

  • Always stay alert when using anything that may catch alight or start a fire.
  • Don't overload powerboards, keep them free of dust and don't put items on top of them.
  • Stay warm safely by keeping all items at least one metre from a heat source.
  • Regularly clean the lint from your clothes dryer.
  • Take care when cooking and never leave a stove unattended – many home fires start in the kitchen.
  • Be careful with candles and wood fires, and do not leave children unattended near heat sources.
  • Have a home fire escape plan and ensure your family knows what to do when a fire starts.
  • If a fire starts in your home, leave immediately and call 000.
  • Remember, do not re-enter a burning house under any circumstances.

For more advice about fire safety in your home download a copy of Fire Safety in your Home.