BE SAFE: Winter is a dangerous time of year for house fires with a high percentage occurring in the cooler months. Experts say fire safety education should start in the home, with parents setting a good example for their children.
As Australian households look for ways to stay warm and cosy this winter, Wormald is reminding families to be extra vigilant about keeping their homes fire safe and discussing fire prevention with their children.
Winter is the most dangerous time of year for house fires with more than sixtyper cent of home fires occurring in the cooler months. Unfortunately, when it comes to house fire fatalities, children are in a high-risk group.
John Lynch from Wormald believes fire safety education should start in the home, with parents setting a good example for their children.
“If children see that their parents are taking fire safety seriously, they are far more likely to take it seriously as well.
“With the majority of house fires preventable, it is vital that families conduct a fire safety audit of the home. This includes ensuring that the smoke alarms are installed in the correct location, batteries been replaced with new ones (if it’s an existing alarm) and checking that fire safety equipment such as fire extinguishers or fire blankets are in good working order.
“Smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and fire blankets are all essential tools for defending a home against a fire.”
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Bi-riteCarey CoversFostersLyal EalesMidwest ElectricalArarat Mower CentreGilbert & JuryStephen Dalton GasfittingTJO ServicesIn addition to ensuring the home is fitted with working smoke alarms, families are encouraged to develop a fire escape plan and practice it regularly with the entire family. This can also be a fun way for children to get involved in the fire safety discussion.
A fire escape plan should start with a floor plan of the home that maps out the quickest escape route from each room and indicates where fire safety equipment is kept. The fire escape plan should then be practised regularly by the entire family including children so they don’t forget what to do in case of a fire emergency.
Wormald has the following child-friendly fire safety advice for parents to help them reduce the risk of fire in the home:
Ensure children know what the smoke alarm sounds like and they what to do if they hear it. Keep matches and lighters well out of reach of children.Ensure children are kept at a safe distance away from heaters, candles, and oil burners.Supervise children in the kitchen and keep them away from the stovetop and oven.Ensure heaters are always kept on a flat stable surface on the floor and away from curtains or other flammable items such as clothes and toys.Be aware that some children may have a natural curiosity about fire and be tempted to be involved in ‘fire play’.Related stories:
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