Ensuring the safety of your loved ones and property indoors is of utmost importance. It’s crucial to understand that most fatal fires can be prevented. To minimise the risk of a fire in your home, follow these precautions:
1. Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Place smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors strategically in your home. Test them monthly and replace batteries as necessary.
3. Electrical Safety
Prevent electrical fires by avoiding overloading outlets, promptly addressing damaged cords, and seeking professional assistance for electrical work. Never run extension cords under carpets or rugs as they can overheat and lead to a short circuit. Consider using safety plugs in unused power points to prevent accidental contact.
4. Rechargeable Devices
Be cautious with rechargeable electronic devices like mobile phones, laptops, tablets, and eReaders. Avoid leaving them on charge for extended periods. Unplug portable devices from the main power source when not in use or before going to sleep
5. Kitchen Safety
Exercise caution in the kitchen by staying attentive while cooking, never leaving cooking unattended, and keeping flammable items away from stovetops. When heating oil, do so slowly and manage splatters. Place fire safety equipment, like a fire blanket or extinguisher, between the stove and the exit.
6. Mindful Candle Use
Practice safe candle usage by blowing them out before leaving a room, keeping them away from combustibles, and placing them in stable areas to prevent tipping. Ensure candles are out of reach of children and pets and consider using flameless alternatives.
7. Appliance Maintenance
Regularly clean appliances such as dryers and ovens to prevent lint buildup and potential fire hazards.
8. Smoking Precautions
Dispose of cigarette butts properly, and never leave lit cigarettes unattended. Store matches and lighters out of children's reach. Be aware that e-cigarettes can pose fire risks due to battery failures. Only use the provided charger, replace wet or damaged batteries, and never leave your e-cigarette to charge unsupervised or overnight.
9. Be Prepared
Maintain an emergency kit containing essentials like flashlights, first aid supplies, and important documents.
If you live in Queensland, take advantage of Safehome, an initiative by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services. Safehome helps identify fire and safety hazards in and around your home, allowing you to take corrective measures. Firefighters can visit your home for free upon request at a convenient time.