Festive Season Fire Safety[st_box title=”FACT” type=”info”]There were 673 residential fires between 1 December 2010 and 31 January 2011, with 85 people injured during that period. At least 21 of those fires involved electrical equipment and at least 11 were caused by candles.[/st_box]
Are you fire safe?
We recommend this simple safety checklist to assist in keeping your home safe:
- When setting up fairy lights and other electrical displays use only one item per power socket and don’t overload power boards or piggy back double adaptors.
- For maximum safety if you use a power board, ensure it has both overload protection and earth leakage protection devices incorporated.
- Only use decorative lights that have an Australian Standards label and follow manufacturer’s instructions on setting up and operating.
- Check lights and electronic decorations for faults, worn plugs and frayed cords.
- Inspect the plugs and leads of used decorative lights to ensure they are in good working order. If in doubt, replace the lights.
- Decorative lights may become very hot so keep away from children and flammable materials such as wrapping paper, decorations or curtains and don’t leave burning candles unattended.
- Candles should be used in a safe position away from Christmas Trees or other flammable material and out of reach of children. Extinguish them if you leave the room and always before going to bed.
- Switch off all electrical displays and decorative lights before going to bed.
- Make sure you have a sufficient number of working smoke alarms throughout your home that are tested regularly and are supported by a written home escape plan in case of fire.
- If you have a gas, electric or wood BBQ always check that it is in safe working order before lighting and that it is always in the care of a responsible adult when in use.
- Always keep lighters and matches away from children and educate that they are “tools not toys” to only be used by responsible adults. (Children & Fire Fascination)
- If you have a garage or shed remember to take extra care with any stored chemicals and fuels and always refuel mowers, edgers etc when they are cold and in the open. (See Garage/Workshop Chemical Safety)
- If you live in a bushfire prone area keep the ground around your home clear of leaves and other litter and remember to clean your gutters regularly. (See Fact Sheet 1 Home Bushfire Survival Plan)
Fire safety tips
- Remember that smoke from a fire will make you confused and that you cannot see in smoke
- When asleep you will not smell smoke and it will in fact put you into a deeper sleep
- Only ever use fuses of recommended rating and install an electrical safety switch
- Home fire safety is important for the whole family and preparation can prevent a tragedy