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Home Fire Facts & Safety Tips

Beware - deadlocks can be deadly. Deadlocks are an important part of household security but don't deadlock the door when you are inside the house or it could be impossible to escape during a fire. If you have a deadlock on any door leave the key in the door. If this isn't practical, install a key holder close to the door.

Remember - you may become disorientated during a fire or an emergency, so ease of escape is vital. The number one cause of fires in the home is cooking equipment. One in three reported fires start in the kitchen. Not paying attention while cooking was the key cause for almost all kitchen fires. In keeping with kitchen fire figures, almost half of all fires happened during meal times particularly lunch and dinner.

Safety Tip: Have a fire extinguisher and fire blanket and know how to use them. The most dangerous period of the day for home fires is in the evening.

The majority of home fire fatalities occur during the winter and at night when people are sleeping. Smoking in bed and heating equipment are the major contributors to these deaths.

Safety Tip: By law every home must have at least one working smoke alarm installed on each level of the house. Install them in places that ensure that they can be heard in bedrooms. Clean and check your alarms regularly to make sure thet are working.

Do NOT dry clothing close to heaters or open fires.

If there is a fire in your home

  • Get out of the house quickly and safely stay out.
  • Ring 000 from a neighbour's house.
  • Never go back into a burning house.
  • Have a fire escape plan and practice it.

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