HEAT IS ON FOR FIRE RISK OPEN DAY HIGHLIGHTS HAZARDS
WINTER is the worst time of the year for house fires.
Each year, Fire & Rescue NSW attends about 4,500 residential fires, about 30 per cent of which occur in winter.
Complacency is the biggest killer, the service says.
To reiterate the message of fire safety, FRNSW is holding its annual Open Day on Saturday.
Station Officer Jeremy Cohen says that with winter almost here, the day is a timely opportunity for people to learn how they can keep their homes and families safe.
“Talk to our firefighters face-toface about simple safety tips you can use to ensure you and your family escape a fire quickly and safely,” Cohen says.
Fire stations will be open from 10am to 2pm and offer a range of activities, including firefighting demonstrations, station tours and fire safety presentations.
NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe is also urging people to take care when buying and using heating products.
“If you haven’t used your heater for a while, make sure it is in good working order,’’ Stowe says.
Common sense goes a long way to preventing house fires, he says.
“Bringing heaters in too close to bedding or curtains can cause fire ... be aware when using heaters in an enclosed space and ensure there is adequate ventilation,” he says, adding that outdoor heaters should never be used indoors.
“If you’ve folded and stored your electric blanket over summer, make sure the cords aren’t frayed and don’t leave it switched on unattended,” he says.
Winter fire warning ... Fire & Rescue NSW is holding its annual Open Day on Saturday to drive home the message of fire safety at home.