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Home Fire Safety

While the number of residential fires has been declining, house fires are still a leading cause of death and injury in Australia when compared to other natural hazards such as floods, storms and bushfires. As such, fire safety should a top priority for any homeowner.

Fortunately, most of these fires are preventable. But how can you go about safeguarding your home, family and possessions? In this post, we will discuss the top home fires safety tips to help you minimise the risk of deadly fires.

Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms are your first line of defence in the event of a fire. Per Australian legislation, all rental homes are required to have interconnected, photoelectric smoke alarms installed in every bedroom, adjoining hallway and on every level.

When smoke is detected, all smoke alarms across the home will sound providing the occupants with the limited, but much needed time to get to safety.

Test Regularly

It’s important to properly test all smoke alarms on a regular basis. Remember, if they are faulty or not operating as intended they are unlikely to alert you in the event of a fire.

Change Batteries As Needed

Depending on the model, smoke alarm batteries last between 5 and 10 years. When low, batteries will chirp every few minutes. If a fire breaks out in your home and the smoke detector’s batteries are drained, the alarm won’t sound, putting your home at a higher risk.

Regular Maintenance

In addition to testing and changing batteries, smoke alarms also require regular cleaning. Dust, dirt and debris will build up, can clog the sensors and prevent them from detecting smoke.

Check Appliances Regularly

Electrical appliances account for a large number of household fires. Most of these fires are preventable and occur when an appliance is overloaded, defective or improperly used.

To minimise the risk of fire, always ensure that you are using the correct wattage for your appliance and never overload an electric socket. Additionally, it is important to look for frayed wires, surge marks in wires, and damaged cords.

Practice Safe Habits

It is also important to practice fire safety throughout the home. Simple precautions like being aware of your surroundings greatly reduce the risk of fire in your home. 

Candles

Never leave candles unattended. Additionally, avoid placing candles in areas where they can be knocked over.

Burning candles cause a majority of house fires. As such it is also important to ensure that all candles are properly extinguished before leaving them unattended.

Smoking Safety

When smoking, always ensure that you are doing so in a well-ventilated area and properly extinguish cigarettes before discarding them.

In the Event of a Fire

While good habits reduce the risk of fires, accidents happen. Therefore, it is crucial to understand what to do in the event of a fire. These include:

  • Establish escape routes from every room.
  • Practice and memorise the plan. 
  • Choose two meeting places away from your house in case of separation.
  • Make sure children have a way to contact you and know information like your address and phone number.
  • Keep STOP, DROP, and ROLL in mind
  • Keep fire equipment ready when you need them

Keeping Your Home Safe with Maintag

At MainTag, their goal is to keep your home safe with expert smoke alarm installation, testing and maintenance. Whether you live in a rental home or own your own property, their experts will work with you to find the best solution for your smoke alarms and ensure that they are functioning properly at all times. Get in touch today.

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