Winter fire safety
Help us, help you by taking action to ensure you and your family stay safe over winter.
If you do your bit to minimise the risks in your home, we can all stay safer together.
Always have a working smoke alarm
Smoke alarms are life-saving devices that detect smoke well before any sleeping occupant would, and they provide critical seconds to implement actions to save life and property. It's the law that smoke alarms must be installed on every level of your home. This includes owner occupied homes, rental properties, relocatable homes, caravans and camper-vans or any other residential building where people sleep.
Fire and Rescue NSW research recommends installing smoke alarms in all bedrooms and living spaces (including hallways and stairways) and even the garage.
Prevent fires from heaters & open fires
- Keep everything one metre away from your heater.
- Install and use as per manufacturer’s instructions.
- If you suspect a fault, have the heater serviced or replaced.
- Always supervise young children in rooms with open fires or working heaters.
- Ensure flues and chimneys are regularly cleaned.
- Strong fire screens should be set up in front of open fires.
- Never use wheat bags in bed.
Carbon monoxide from open fires
Avoid the use of external heating equipment inside your homes. This includes those that use 'heat beads' or LPG as a fuel source.
This type of equipment is not suitable for indoor use and can lead to a build up of carbon monoxide which could be fatal. All heating devices should be used in accordance with manufacturer's recommended practices.
Prevent electrical fires
- Don’t overload powerpoints and powerboards.
- Regularly check electrical leads for damage and faults.
- Never use faulty electrical leads or appliances.
- Store your electric blanket safely – roll don't fold.
- Before going to bed, turn off all electrical appliances at the powerpoint.
- Turn off electric blankets and heaters when you’re not at home and before getting into bed.
Be prepared with a plan of escape
Have a home escape plan. Identify at least two ways out of each room. Practise the plan with your family so everyone knows how to get out.
Prevent clothes dryer fires
- Clean your lint filter before or after each use.
- Ensure there is adequate air flow around your dryer.
- Don’t leave the dryer operating when you’re not home.
Did you know?
The use of heaters, cigarettes and candles are common causes of fires.
When you're asleep, you won't smell the smoke from a fire.
You're twice as likely to die in a home fire if you don't have a working smoke alarm.
Fire and Rescue NSW responds to approximately
residential fires each year. Half of these fires start in the kitchen, mostly due to unattended cooking.
Electrical appliances and faults cause almost 40% of home fires.