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Freshen Up Your Home Fire Protection this Winter

Well it’s the start of another winter season and that you will consider focussing on fire safety in the home with a pre-winter fire protection freshen up!

One of the very first things you should do is make sure your smoke alarms are working! Fire Protection Association of Australia has found that three out of five home fire deaths are a result from fires in properties that did not have working smoke alarms. If you need some guidance on how to test your smoke alarms we would be only too happy to help. Remember to test your smoke alarms once a month! This is critical!! You also need to understand the many types of alarms and what they do, as all fires are different.
All smoke alarms have a shelf-life. Check the installation and manufacturing dates on your smoke alarms – they need to be replaced every 10 years!
If you remove the battery in your smoke alarm for whatever reason REPLACE IT!!. Disabling a smoke alarm or removing the battery can be a FATAL mistake.
Cooking is one of the main causes of home fires year after year. Have a fire blanket fixed to an easy accessible place as well as investigating the purchase of an approved fire extinguisher CO2 or DRY CHEMICAL. N.B. Don’t use a water extinguisher with a fat fire.. I know this has been mentioned many times before but it is vital the message sinks in “Never leave cooking food unattended, turn the handles of pots and pans on stoves inward to avoid accidents, and be sure to make sure your sleeves (or other loose fitting clothing) are out of the way while cooking”.
This should be a no brainer but surprisingly more and more fires are getting attributed to this failing, so please “Don’t use appliances with frayed cords or with outdated wiring”.
Don’t place curtains, clothing, rugs, furniture, and other combustible surfaces too close (within three feet of) possible ignition sources, such as naked flames, stoves and stove tops, heaters etc.
Make a fire escape plan with your family and practice that plan at least twice a year. Remember to teach your kids basic fire safety tips, like staying as low to the ground as possible, touching a door to see if it’s hot before grabbing the doorknob, and knowing at least two ways out of every room in case of an emergency.

We hope that you find these tips helpful and that you will incorporate them in your winter 2023 fire preparations.

Dedicated To Your Fire Safety

Alex

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