With winter just around the corner, Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) has urged all residents to be cautious of fire dangers in the home.
FRNSW community safety and research chief superintendent Mick Morris said the cooler months see a 10 per cent increase in the number of home fires, with more fires in bedrooms and loungerooms due to heater and electric blanket use.
“Don’t put yourself or your family at risk,” Chief Superintendent Morris said.
“We want to remind people to be careful when using heaters and to keep everything in the house ‘a metre from the heater’.”
He said that residents can follow simple steps to prepare their homes against the risk of fire this winter:
Taree Fire Station Commander Peter Willard said it is of high importance that older residents are prepared in case of a house fire.
“Being physically impaired or frail due to advanced age can significantly affect your ability to survive if unfortunate enough to be caught in a home fire,” Commander Willard said.
Residents are reminded to contact Triple Zero (000) in an emergency situation.
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