Min­imise the risk of burn­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

A warm home on a cold win­ter day may con­jure up thoughts of safety and se­cu­rity, but the re­al­ity is that por­ta­ble heaters, elec­tric blan­kets, open fires and ra­di­a­tors all pose a po­ten­tial fire threat.

Eighty per cent of fire fa­tal­i­ties in New Zealand oc­cur in the home and the Fire Ser­vice at­tends more than 3500 home fires each year.

Win­ter is a com­mon time for house fires, so fire pro­tec­tion spe­cial­ist Wormald is urg­ing house­hold­ers to be ex­tra vig­i­lant.

Wormald man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Peter Fer­mor said house­hold­ers must help min­imise risk.

‘‘ Many fa­tal­i­ties due to fire oc­cur when oc­cu­pants are sleep­ing and it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that while sound can dis­rupt sleep, scents can­not.

‘‘Work­ing smoke alarms are a cru­cial line of de­fence for ev­ery home; vi­tal for early de­tec­tion of a fire and for lim­it­ing the dam­age and cost caused by fire. Smoke alarms can also as­sist in pro­vid­ing the pre­cious time needed to es­cape,’’ he said.

‘‘Smoke alarms, fire ex­tin­guish­ers and fire blan­kets are es­sen­tial tools for de­fend­ing a home against a fire.’’

House­hold­ers can help min­imise the risk of fire in their own home by run­ning through a men­tal check­list be­fore leav­ing the house or go­ing to bed.

En­sure heaters are placed at least a me­tre away from any­thing that could po­ten­tially burn. Be sure to switch off from the ap­pli­ance as well as on the wall Check smoke alarms monthly Change the bat­ter­ies yearly and make sure there is a smoke alarm on ev­ery floor

En­sure all heat­ing equip­ment is clean and in proper work­ing or­der

In­spect elec­tri­cal cords and re­place if cracked or dam­aged Switch off elec­tric blan­kets be­fore go­ing to bed Blow out any can­dles.

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