Stoking that fire to stay warm? Leaving the heater on all night so your toes don’t freeze in the morning? You’re definitely not alone in your quest to stay cosy but here’s a timely reminder from the (MFB) and CFA to stay vigilant.
It’s easy to do in the cold weather – leave a fireplace unattended or want to have the heater going night and day but the Melbourne Fire Brigade report that more home fires occur in winter and the majority are preventable.
They also state that in 2012, there were 3,800 residential fires in Victoria, so if you think it won’t happen to you – think again and be the responsible fire warden in your home!
Here are some of the most common causes of house fires listed by the MFB and Country fire Association (CFA):
- Unattended cooking
- Faulty wiring
- Clothes dryer
- Heaters and electric blankets
- Candles and oil burners
- Smoking in bed
To stay safe during winter and year round, here are some tips from the professionals:
- Have a working smoke alarm
- Keep a fire blanket and extinguisher in the kitchen
- Check your hotspots at http://www.homefiresafety.com.au/
- Teach children to be careful around fire
- Know how to get out of your house if there’s a fire
The best approach is always prevention so make sure you check all heating equipment and appliances before going to bed and have them safety checked regularly by a professional to help keep your family safe and warm during winter.
You can read more about the MFA and CFA’s winter campaign on their website and there are plenty of other tips and resources available on fire safety and training materials.