House Fire - Gillieston Heights
Published: 16 Jun 2021 10:06am
Just after 10:00 am numerous Triple Zero (000) calls reported a front bedroom alight in a house on Beckett Street in Gillieston Heights.
Fire and Rescue (FRNSW) crews arrived to see flames coming from the front and side of the house.
Firefighters are currently working to extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading through the ceiling.
Superintendent Adam Dewberry from Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) said this is a timely reminder that you can take steps to protect your home and loved ones during winter:
• Never ever leave cooking unattended.
• Only working smoke alarms save lives- test your alarms are in date
and working. If not, change the batteries or replace the alarms.
• Keep everything one metre away from your heater.
• Don’t overload your power boards with heaters and electric
• Never ever use wheat bags to warm your bed and turn off your
electric blanket before you sleep.
• Fire screens should always be placed in front of fireplaces and
chimneys when in use.
• Do not use outdoor heating and cooking equipment inside your
home; this can lead to the build-up of carbon monoxide indoors
which can be fatal.
• Have a Home Fire Escape Plan
A fire can take hold in minutes, yet it only takes seconds to prevent one. Take action to stay out of harm this winter.
For more information about home fire safety, visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au/winter
Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:15pm
Related safety topics
The leading cause of home fires in NSW is leaving cooking unattended.
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