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 photoelectric smoke alarms in all bedrooms, hallway and living areas.