WITH the colder months fast approaching Fire and Rescue NSW are appealing to local residents to stay fire safe this winter.
Some of the service’s best firefighters are urging residents to follow simple steps to help ensure they are fire safe this winter.
Fire and Rescue NSW Community Safety and Research Chief Superintendent Mick Morris is one such firefighter getting on the front foot in regards to winter fire safety saying the cooler months see a 10 per cent increase in the number of fires.
“Don’t put yourself or your family at risk,” Chief Superintendent Morris said.
“We want to remind people to be careful when using heaters and to keep everything in the house ‘a metre from the heater’.”
Chief Superintendent Morris said residents should also ‘keep looking when cooking’ to avoid kitchen fire catastrophes.
““Kitchen fires account for 45 per cent of all residential fires and 34 per cent of injuries in NSW,” he said.
“Flames or heat sources being left unattended are the most common cause contributing to kitchen fires.
“It can take just three minutes for a fire to take hold, but only seconds to prevent one.
“To avoid kitchen fire catastrophes, we urge people to ‘keep looking when cooking’, it’s a simple way to avoid losing your home or even worse, your loved ones or your own life.”
Winter Fire Safety Tips:
For more information, visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au
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