Common household items such as heaters and electric blankets are also listed as a fire risk if unattended. Most deaths associated with house fires are easily preventable. These simple precautions can be taken to make homes safer this summer.

Complete a home fire safety checklist

Basic precautions and setting good habits can make a huge difference in homes. Appliances such as gas heaters should be serviced regularly, link while lint should be cleaned from dryers after every use. Products with frayed and damaged wiring, illness particularly in everyday items such as electric blankets, physician should also be disposed.

Create a buffer zone around heating equipment and fireplaces, to prevent flammables from catching on fire. The most fire-prone area in the home is the kitchen. Keep stovetops clear of grease and flammable liquids. Flames should never be left unattended.

Smoke alarms

Australian homes by law are required to have at least one hard wired working smoke alarm. Although it is highly recommended that a smoke alarm be installed in every room. People cannot smell smoke in their sleep, so a working fire alarm increases the chances of surviving a house fire by 60%.

Implement emergency procedures

A well-rehearsed fire escape plan is essential to surviving a blaze at home.  All family members should learn procedures to be well-prepared.

Ensure the following procedures are known to avoid disaster:

If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop and roll

Use a thick, woolen blanket to smother flames

Have at least two safe exit options

While escaping a fire, crawl towards the exit to avoid breathing in smoke. Make sure to use the back of your hand to check doors for heat and head to a designated meeting spot safe from the fire.Make sure all windows can be opened from the inside.

Remain alert in summer

While most house fires begin in winter, families should also remain alert during the warmer months of the year. It’s never too late to implement safety measures to protect yourself and your loved ones.

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