SAFETY FIRST THIS WINTER
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.