Don't Let Winter Dangers Get To Your Family!

The thermostat has dropped, clocks change and dark nights begin to settle in. With winter lingering just around the corner in Narellan it is important to remember a few basic safety tips. As people begin to use electric heaters, light open-fire places and prepare hotter foods the risk of fire and accident dramatically increase. You can ensure you and your family remain safe this winter by following a few simple tips:
1. Be mindful when using open fires to keep warm. Always use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks. Ensure chimney flues are clean and maintained, you can have these professionally cleaned to ensure safety. Never leave an open-fire unattended, especially if you have young children.
2. Heaters should always be kept away from curtains, furniture, fabrics and never be used to dry clothes. Remember to unplug electric heaters before you leave the house or go to bed. Ensure the heater is steady and not likely to fall over and cause a fire. Ensure the room is properly ventilated and use gas or oil heaters where possible.
3. Unplug electric blankets before going to bed unless it has an automatic temperature cut-off. Electric blankets can be easily damaged during storage, they should be tested before use. Never use a hot water bottle in the same bed as an electric blanket.
4. Check all your smoke alarms. Smoke alarms save lives and it is a legal requirement you have a working smoke alarm installed in your home. Check the battery often and use the “test” feature to ensure it is in working order.
5. Dispose of cigarettes thoughtfully. Be certain they are put out and never smoke in bed.
6. Do not leave cooking unattended, especially when cooking with oil or if children are helping.
7. Do not overload extension leads or adapters with too many devices, you can create a short and cause a fire.
8. Have an escape plan. With all the planning and safety tips you implement, accidents can still happen. Sit down with your family and discuss emergency escape routes and where to meet outside.
By being aware of your family’s safety this winter, you can greatly reduce the risks of accidents this season. Asking your local fire station in Narellan for more information can save your life.