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As the weather cools down, we try our best to warm up. That means electric blankets, heaters, fires and more. For that reason it’s probably no surprise that the winter months are more likely to result in a house fire situation.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in NSW approximately one third of house fires in NSW occur between June and August of each year, which means house fire season is nearly upon us now.
Knowing that, would you know what to do if a fire sparked up at your home? The Australian Red Cross says that less than five percent of Australians are educated enough to handle an emergency and 200,000 people are hospitalised with serious burns each year.
You can read a full list of measures to take to prevent a fire in your home on the Australian Governments Ready website. However despite the best laid plans, accidental fires can still happen in your home and there are some steps you should have in place should the worst case scenario occur.
Fire is fast. It can take less than 30 seconds for a small flame to turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames, and for that reason families should create and practise a fire escape plan at least twice a year.
Working smoke alarms also significantly increase your chances of surviving a deadly home fire. Install them on every level of your home and check the batteries monthly. It could save your family’s life.
Fire is fast, being prepared saves lives.
The recommendations from the government’s Ready.gov site are:
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