SAFETY FIRST THIS WIN­TER

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFE STYLE -

IS YOUR home win­ter fire safe? Fire & Res­cue NSW rec­om­mends this sim­ple safety check­list.

Make sure you and ev­ery­one in your house­hold fol­lows this ad­vice:

Have an ad­e­quate num­ber of suit­able smoke alarms in­stalled through­out your home and make sure they are tested reg­u­larly.

Make sure you and all fam­ily mem­bers know two safe ways out of ev­ery room in the house.

Have a writ­ten home es­cape plan in case of fire and prac­tise it reg­u­larly.

Do your homework when buy­ing home heaters to fa­mil­iarise your­self with its us­age.

If you have a fire­place, make sure the chim­ney is clean. When in use, place a screen in front of it.

Check elec­tric blan­kets for dam­age or frayed cords be­fore plac­ing on the bed.

Keep cur­tains, table­cloths and bed­ding away from por­ta­ble heaters. Wet cloth­ing should never be placed on or near heaters.

If you use a clothes dryer, make sure you clean the lint fil­ter ev­ery time you use it.

Only use one ap­pli­ance per power point and switch off when not in use.

Al­ways ex­tin­guish can­dles or any other open flames be­fore go­ing to bed.

Store matches or lighters in a se­cure place well away from young chil­dren.

In an emer­gency call 000.

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