As the chills start settling in, we all need to be conscious of the winter fire season. Every year people die as a result of fires in the home. Statistics show the majority of house fires occur at night when people are asleep. Most are preventable.
In a fire, you may only have a few minutes from the sounding of the smoke alarm to when your life is seriously threatened by fire or smoke. It makes sense to prepare for the worst by practicing an escape plan, making sure that everyone knows what the smoke alarm sounds like, and that everyone in the household knows what to do in an emergency
When you go to sleep, your sense of smell also goes to sleep. If there is a fire, toxic fumes may overcome you before you wake up. The piercing shriek of a smoke alarm can provide the seconds and minutes of valuable time you need to get out of the house during a fire. Think about…
- Installing an adequate number of suitable smoke alarms and testing them regularly.
- Having a written escape plan in case of a fire and practicing it.
- Never leave cooking or any other open flame including candles or oil burners unattended.
- Make sure keys to all locked doors are readily accessible in case you need to escape.
- In the colder months, take extra care when using heaters, electric blankets or open fires.
- Portable heaters should always be placed in a stable position, and a safe distance away from bedding, clothing, curtains and tablecloths.
- Always keep lighters and matches away from children.
- Regularly clean your clothes dryer. Clean the lint out from the filter in the dryer.
- Oil, gas or wood heating units may require a yearly maintenance check.
All homes have different requirements so if you’re not sure, look into the free Safehome service, a program whereby you can invite local firefighters to assist with your fire and home safety needs. This initiative is free service provided by Queensland Fire & Rescue Service in the interest of developing a safer community. Contact 13 74 68 for more details or visit the website.
Your home and everything you treasure deserves proper protection. In addition to having safety practices in place, be sure to speak to your insurance broker who can provide you with the right insurance solution for home and contents, ensuring your peace of mind.