Firies open their doors to the public

Winter is coming - and so is the increased threat of fires. That was a key message at Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Open Days held across NSW on Saturday.

Cabramatta, Yennora and Smithfield fire stations opened their doors to a range of free activities including firefighting demonstrations, station tours and safety presentations.

Children got a chance to get up and close with firefighters, firetrucks and special equipment and learn about the critical work they do to protect the community.

"Our firefighters do fight fires and save people from burning buildings, but our mission and capabilities extend far beyond fire response," FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter said.

"From road crashes, hazardous material incidents and natural disasters to urban search and rescue and humanitarian relief, our firefighters are prepared for anything and ready to help anyone, anytime, anywhere."

Commissioner Baxter said they see a "10 per cent increase" in the number of home fires during the winter months. Kitchen fires account for 45 per cent of all residential fires and 34 per cent of injuries in NSW.

He said there were a number of steps residents can take to prepare the home against the risk of fire this winter.

These include:

  • Keep everything a metre from the heater.
  • 'Keep looking when cooking' to avoid fires.
  • Don't use LPG cylinders for cooking or heating indoors.
  • Turn off electric blankets before getting into bed.
  • Don't overload powerboards.