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Fire Safety at Home

Most house fires can be prevented by taking precautions to minimise the risks.

Here are a few simple tips to help prevent fires in your home:

  • Never leave frying food unattended, keep the area around your stove clear of any flammable items - and always have a fire blanket or fire extinguisher handy. Overheated oil can spontaneously combust and the fire can't be extinguished with water.
  • Always charge items such as laptops and phones on a hard surface. If left to charge on beds or cushions, the heat generated from charging can't escape and can lead to fires.
  • Always roll up electric blankets when storing them over the summer months. If they're folded and unfolded, the coils split and lose their protective insulation, creating a fire hazard.
  • Heaters of all types can pose a risk as they collect dust particles when stored, which become fuel for a fire when turned on. Before putting them into use during the winter season, make sure they are clean and always keep them clear of flammable items such as curtains, cushions and newspapers when in use.
  • It's always a good idea to test that you have working photoelectric smoke alarms. Testing is simple. Press the button on the cover and the alarm should activate. If it doesn't, then it's time to replace the battery, and even better still, the alarm too.
  • Have a fire escape plan and ensure everyone in the home is practised in how to escape in the event of a house fire.

Visit the Queensland State Government website for details on photoelectric smoke alarms that should be fitted to your home or prepare a fire escape plan and how to identify fire hazards in your home.

It may just save your home and a life.