Cold snaps prompt winter fire-safety message

Did you know: Kitchen fires account for 45 per cent of all residential fires and 34 per cent of injuries in NSW.
Did you know: Kitchen fires account for 45 per cent of all residential fires and 34 per cent of injuries in NSW.

It’s not just a catchphrase – it’s a simple way to avoid losing your home or even worse, your loved ones or your own life.

As the cold weather sweeps in, Fairfield residents are being urged to ‘keep looking when cooking’ this winter.

Statistics released by Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) reveal a 10 per cent increase in the number of home fires in winter months. 

Remarkably, kitchen fires account for 45 per cent of all residential fires and 34 per cent of injuries in NSW.

“Flames or heat sources being left unattended are the most common cause contributing to kitchen fires. It can take just three minutes for a fire to take hold, but only seconds to prevent one,” FRNSW Community Safety and Research Chief Superintendent Mick 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’.”

FRNSW said residents should turn off heaters and electric blankets before leaving home or getting into bed.