The Tasmania Fire Service responds to more than 350 house fires each year.
Tasmania has one of the highest fire fatality rates per capita in Australia.
Many house fires start in the kitchen and the majority of all kitchen fires begin from cooking that is left unattended on the stove.
Remember to follow the important proceedures listed below:
- Never leave cooking unattended. Turn it off before you turn away!
- Don’t let fats and oils build up around the stove, they can catch fire.
- Heat oil carefully and do not overfill pot or pan.
- Never use water, flour or salt to put out an oil or fat fire on the stove.
- Use a lid or fire blanket to smother a fire in a pot or pan.
- Never try to carry a burning pot or pan.
- Keep pot handles turned inwards.
- Don’t hang objects over oven door handles eg. tea towels.
- Store flammable materials away from the stove.
- Empty the crumbs from your toaster regularly, and never position the toaster near curtains or blinds.
- Wear clothing with tight fitting sleeves when cooking.
- Leave immediately if your home catches fire. Stay out and dial triple zero ‘000’ for help.
Turn it off before you turn away.
Fire extinguishers & fire blankets
REMEMBER – Saving lives through a quick escape is far more important than saving property.
You should be trained in the use of an extinguisher or fire blanket to use them safely and effectively.
An emergency is not the time to read instructions.
If you do not know how to use a fire extinguisher or fire blanket:
- Get down, get low, get out – smoke is poisonous, get underneath it on your hands and knees, and crawl to the nearest safe exit.
- Shut the doors behind you to stop the spread of fire.
- Shout Fire! Fire! Fire! to warn others.
- Ensure everyone is out of the building.
- Get out and stay out – never go back inside.
- Go to your safe meeting place – such as your letterbox.
- Call triple zero ‘000’ from a mobile or a neighbour’s phone.
- Wait for the Fire Service to arrive.