Another year, another long winter ahead! So we are getting to the point when we need to do something about it to stay warm. It’s time to bring out the heaters, electric blanket, light the fires, and pull on some warm clothes. But did you know that winter also brings a unique set of fire dangers? Indeed, according to Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) every year approximately 4,500 residential fire cases are registered and almost 30% of all fire fatalities occur in winter.
So during the winter season, you should always take the time to enforce fire safety rules and check that your property is well-equipped with the appropriate equipment to prevent a fire from happening.
To have a safe and enjoyable time in winter, here are some fire safety tips you need to know.
Smoke and Fire Alarms
Check whether fire alarms or smoke detectors are in good working order. Replace batteries if necessary. Call Secure Fire Protection on 1300 821 911 for peace of mind and to get your equipment inspected so that you know it won’t let you down in an emergency.
Never overload power outlets with different electrical appliances. When you overload your power outlets you are significantly increasing the risk of electrical fires in your home. Don’t use extension cords. Make sure your heater is plugged directly into a power outlet as power boards and extension cords can overheat.
As per manufactures instructions and specifications heaters should be kept away from the objects. Make sure surrounding objects are kept a metre away from heaters. This includes clothing, curtains, tablecloths and bedding.
Always read and remember the instructions when using an under or over blanket but most importantly check the power lead and electric cords as frayed and tangled cords are a common cause of electric blanket fires. Don’t forget to Unplug or switch off the power when you go to bed.
Fire Place and Chimney
Always clean out your fireplace and have your chimney checked before you light the first fire of the season. Don’t forget a fireguard to shield the area from sparks and don’t forget to keep flammable objects away from the area above your fireplace.
Every occupant should know what to do if the smoke detector or fire alarm sounds. There should be a well-defined fire escape plan in case of fire and practice it regularly.
Want to make sure your property is fire safe during winter? Follow the points above to prevent an incident. For further reassurance give us a call as we have the knowledge and experience to guide you through the process of developing or revising a plan.
Contact Secure Fire Protection for an Inspection!
At Secure Fire Protection, our professional and experienced technicians know how to test and maintain fire protection equipment according to the Australian fire safety standards. Call us now on 1300 821 911 for all your fire services requirements.