Firies urge Fairfield residents to be home fire safe

Published Wednesday, 3rd August 2016

Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW), with the support of Fairfield City Council, is warning residents to take every precaution to avoid a fire in the home this winter.

With more than 60 per cent of home fires occurring between May and September, FRNSW firefighters are reminding residents to take seriously the risk of a fire breaking out in their home.

Western Sydney Zone Commander Selwyn Mathias said that especially of concern in the Fairfield Local Government Area was the use of portable gas cookers, which could overheat or explode.

“Testing has shown that the cookers’ shut-off valves, known as overpressure devices, do not operate as intended and do not comply with the Australian Standard,” Superintendent Mathias said. “If these products malfunction, they can potentially cause serious injuries and I’d encourage people to stop using them.”

He also warned against bringing barbecues or outdoor heaters indoors.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone echoed Superintendent Mathias’ warning, saying LPG cylinders were not designed to be used inside a home.

“There have been many instances recorded where LPG gas cylinders inside a home have led to devastating fires,” Mayor Carbone said. “I urge residents to be mindful of the messages from Fire & Rescue NSW about the safe use of LPG gas cylinders so as to prevent a tragedy occurring in their home this winter.”

In the past year, FRNSW firefighters have attended close to 100 home fires that resulted in 28 injuries.

“With the recent cold weather across NSW, residents are lighting up the fireplace and dusting off old heaters and electric blankets to keep themselves warm,” Superintendent Mathias said.

“Don’t put yourself or your family at risk. Keep looking when cooking, and do not leave heaters, dryers, electric blankets, or any other electrical device unattended. Always turn these appliances off when leaving home or going to bed.

“Also remember to check electrical cords for fraying and other damage. If you have a fireplace, ensure your chimney is clean and it’s properly ventilated.

“With this year being the 10th anniversary of the introduction of smoke alarm legislation, now is the time to ReAlarm your home by replacing your smoke alarms.

“Given that not all smoke alarms last beyond 10 years, this year we’re encouraging residents to replace their outdated alarms with the latest photoelectric smoke alarms, which provide earlier detection and fewer false alarms.”

More firefighter home fire safety tips

  • Keep clothing and other flammable materials at least one metre from your heater
  • Clean out the clothes dryer filter after every load
  • Don't overload your powerboards
  • Never use wheat bags in bed
  • Don’t use barbecues or outdoor heaters indoors.
  • Ensure you have a working smoke alarm and a practised home escape plan
  • If a fire does occur, get out, stay out and call Triple Zero (000)

Web resources

Video1: Maggie’s Story

Post copy: What happened when Maggie stopped looking.
Stay safe in the kitchen this winter.
Keep looking when cooking.
To find out more click here:  https://vimeo.com/frnsw/review/132163413/c7d4efe07e

Video2: Distractions Story

Post copy: What can happen when you are distracted when cooking.
Stay safe in the kitchen this winter.
Keep looking when cooking.
To find out more click here: https://vimeo.com/frnsw/review/132408516/64a4803956

ReAlarm

Linda’s Story - https://vimeo.com/frnsw/review/167224529/7bb2681c3d
FRNSW General video https://vimeo.com/frnsw/review/165527671/70f8c05a98

Additional Links

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Media enquiries: Mark Bransdon, Communications and Marketing Officer
Phone: 9725 0166
Email: fcccommunications@fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au