Published: 06 Jun 2022 04:47pm

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) crews have returned to the scene of a tragic house fire at Glendenning in Sydney’s west to offer their support and crucial winter fire safety advice to local residents.
Firefighters spoke to neighbours about completing their fire safety checklists, ensuring they have working smoke alarms and a suitable escape plan. Some also took up the opportunity to have a new smoke alarm supplied and fitted free of charge.
Despite many homeowners and tenants being well-intentioned and believing they had taken all possible precautions, FRNSW crews identified opportunities for residents to better protect themselves and their families.
“What we’ve seen as a bit of a trend in our visits today is a false sense of security,” FRNSW Metropolitan West Commander Michael Morris said.
“Some residents believe they have a working smoke alarm and when we test them, they’re not working, or the batteries have been removed.
“The residents we spoke to today have been surprised by the very simple things they can do to make themselves safe in their own home.”
June is Fire Awareness Month and FRNSW is reminding residents to ‘Be Safe, Not Sorry’.
Throughout this winter, FRNSW reminds the public to:

- ensure your home’s smoke alarms are fitted and maintained;
- clean heaters and consider replacing old heaters;
- develop an escape plan with your home’s occupants;
- keep looking when cooking;
- don’t overload power boards;
- keep everything a metre from the heater;
- never use wheat bags to warm your bed;
- clean the lint out of your clothes dryer;
- check electric blankets for frayed cords and other damage;
- don’t use outdoor heating and cooking equipment inside the home as it can be fatal; and
- if a fire does occur, get out, stay out and call Triple Zero (000).
Contact your local Fire Station to discuss booking a fire safety visit at your home. Firefighters can check and replace your smoke alarms if necessary.
This winter, keep you and your loved ones safe by using our Get Ready for Winter checklist - [external link]
Media note: footage of the home fire safety visits and grabs from Cmdr Mick Morris and a resident can be obtained through this link: [external link]

Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:14pm

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