A house fire can take hold in just three minutes, says Fire and Rescue NSW. Heaters, electric blankets and overloaded power boards can all spark blazes.
Last winter firefighters were called to more than 1000 house fires in NSW. Typically there is a 10 per cent increase in fires over the winter period.
There are simple tips to remain safe, including having a working smoke alarm and testing it regularly. Firefighters are reminding people to
- keep looking when cooking
- avoid overloading power boards
- keep everything a metre from the heater
- never use wheat bags to warm your bed
- check electric blankets for frayed cords and other damage
- not to use outdoor heating and cooking equipment inside the home as it can be fatal
- have a Home Escape Plan.
Most importantly, if a fire starts, get out, stay out and call Triple Zero (000).
For more information on home fire safety visit Winter fire safety (Fire and Rescue NSW).