Fatal house fire in Balgownie

Published: 19th September 2008

The NSW Fire Brigades (NSWFB) is urging residents to be mindful of potential fire dangers in the home following a fatal residential fire in Balgownie yesterday.

NSWFB Commissioner Greg Mullins emphasised the importance of residents reviewingexisting fire safety messages in the home.

"I urge all Wollongong residents to review their fire safety measures today and ensure they have a working smoke alarm and a home escape plan so they know two safe ways out ofevery room as these steps can make all the difference in surviving a fire.

"The Fire Brigade has investigated 10 fire deaths since mid June and by taking a few precautionary steps people stand a much better chance of protecting their families andproperty."

To help prevent fires, households need to be particularly careful while cooking and never leave food unattended on the stove as more than half of all residential fires start in thekitchen.

Commissioner Mullins said with the arrival of spring, cooler temperatures may continue to emerge from time to time and it was vitally important that everyone remains vigilant whenusing heating and electrical appliances in the home.

"Households must be mindful of the potential fire dangers of electrical heating appliances and clothes dryers and ensure these items are in good working order," CommissionerMullins said.

"If you hear a neighbour's smoke alarm go off, check to see that everybody is safe and ifit’s an emergency immediately call Triple Zero (000) from a safe location."