Now that the cool of autumn has given way to the chill of winter, there’s nothing better than coming home to a warm and cosy house. But in the midst of keeping our homes warm and inviting, small mistakes can often lead to danger and the possible risk of fire. On average, according to the Country Fire Authority, there are 3,000 house fires each year.
Here are three ways to minimise your risk, while staying snug this winter:
1. Smoke alarms
Always remember to change the batteries in your household smoke alarms each year and test them monthly, particularly over the winter months.
Ensure all heaters are checked prior to winter. Gas heaters and electrical heaters should be tested once every two years and open fireplaces always used with a fire screen in place.
Flues and chimneys should also be cleaned regularly, to prevent smoke reflux and toxic poisoning.
Keep clothing, curtains and toys one metre away from any heating source in your home and always turn heaters off before going to bed. Never leave candles unattended.
3. Electric blankets
Never leave an electric blanket on for more than 30 minutes, and regularly check for kinks in the wiring.
Every household should develop a home fire escape plan and practise it. Being prepared is a crucial step to reduce your risk.
As thousands of homes are damaged by fire each year, it’s also important to keep your home and contents insurance up to date, and to ensure your policy provides adequate cover. To access online quotes or to find out more details of home insurance with ACS, simply click here.