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Fire Safety in your Living Areas

Regularly check the following items to ensure there is no fire hazard:

Air Conditioners and Fans

  1. Have old or heavily used appliances, like air conditioners and fans, checked regularly by a qualified tradesperson.
  2. Keep appliances clean and free of dust by vacuuming filters regularly


  1. Do not hang clothes, towels or blankets on the heater to dry them out or warm them up.
  2. Always turn off your heater before going to bed or leaving the house.
  3. Keep everything at least two metres away from heaters as a build up of radiant heat can cause a fire.
  4. Choose a portable heater with an automatic safety switch that turns off if the heater is knocked over.
  5. Before the weather gets cold each year, have your heater checked by a licensed electrician that it is safe to use.
  6. Position portable heaters away from areas of heavy traffic.
  7. Keep portable electric heaters away from wet areas to avoid the possibility of electric shock.


  1. Have the flue installed professionally and insulated from roofing timbers and wall panelling.
  2. Have the chimney checked and cleaned every year to prevent a build up of flammable materials and ensure it functions correctly.
  3. Use a screen with a fireguard on any open fire to protect from burn injuries and flying sparks or embers.
  4. Never leave a fire unattended.
  5. Extinguish a fire completely before leaving the house or going to bed.
  6. Dispose of all fireplace ashes safely. Handle the ashes with metal scoops and metal buckets and soak in water.
  7. Do not use flammable liquids to start an open fire.

Lights and Lamps

  1. Always use the correct bulb size, type, and wattage in lamps, according to manufacturer’s specifications. The incorrect bulb type can overload the internal wiring of the lamp and cause a fire.

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