Protecting your home against fires can save one of the most important assets in your life - your house. Here are 7 tips to consider when thinking about safeguarding against house fires:
Smoke alarms are a must for any home. They can be one of the first things to alert you that there’s a fire and help you and your family get to safety. Smoke alarms should be tested regularly and batteries every year1.
If in the event there is a fire in or around your home, the last thing you want is flammable dry leaves and grasses around. The types of places where these things accumulate can be gutters when not regularly cleared out and around the edges of your garden - especially if you have trees that shed their leaves in winter2.
Leaving cooking unattended can be dangerous for many reasons, including causing house fires. According to NSW Fire and Rescue, approximately 56% of all residential fires are kitchen fires3. Some basic things to remember are:
Heaters can be a necessary part of the home, especially in winter. So while we’re keeping toasty and warm, we need to be aware of the dangers that can come with having heaters. Be sure to avoid letting anything cover or lean up against heaters e.g. curtains and blankets to remove the risk of things catching fire4.
Fire extinguishers can literally be a life saver but it’s important that you’re using them correctly. Different coloured fire extinguishers are used for different types of fires. There are 6 different classes of fires5:
Different types of fire extinguishers are required depending on the type of fire. This table shows the type of fire extinguisher you need for each fire type.
Source: QLD Fire and Emergency Services.
Having a fire evacuation plan can mean the difference between making it out of a house fire safely and disaster. NSW Fire and Rescue recommends6:
When you’re safe and out of harm's way, call Emergency Services on Triple Zero (000).