Tasmania has one of the highest fire fatality rates per capita in Australia and heating is the number 2 cause of home fires.

Remember to follow the important proceedures listed below:

  • Don’t place clothing or any flammable material too close to heaters – it should be at least two metres from any source of heat
  • Never leave clothes near the heater if leaving the house or going to bed
  • Check clothing regularly if drying near a heater
  • Use fire screens at all times with open fires
  • Don’t sit too close to the heaters
  • Clean and maintain chimneys and heater flues annually
  • Maintain heaters according to the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Don’t leave your heater door open or remove screens on open fires
  • Be careful with the disposal of ashes from the hearth or wood heater. Ashes can take up to five days to cool. Always place ashes in a metal container. Dispose of ashes well clear of your home and pour water over them
  • Never use an outdoor heater indoors.

What can you do?

Supervise and educate your children:

  • Supervise your children at all times, especially around fire, cooking and heating.
  • Don’t let your children use fire – helping with lighting the fire or burning off makes children think that they can control fire.

Remove the temptation:

  • Lock away matches and lighters – just like you lock away medicines and other dangerous household substances.
  • Teach your children to tell you about any unattended matches or lighters they find and reward them for their honesty.

Make your home fire safe:

  • Lead by example – reduce the risk of fire by using fire, heating and electricity safely.
  • Have working smoke alarms in all bedrooms, hallway and living areas.

 

 

 

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