91 Fire Incidents With 5 Dead In 4 Days Since 1 June 2019

91 Fire Incidents With 5 Dead In 4 Days Since 1 June 2019

New South Wales Fire and Rescue

Urgent Plea To Community Following Spate Of House Fires

Victor P Taffa

Following a spate of deadly fires, with 5 deaths in 4 days, and 91 fire incidents since the start of winter (1 June 2019), Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is urging the community to be vigilant and take precautions to try and avoid a fire in their home.

“We don’t want these statistics to continue to climb and therefore we’re making an urgent plea to the community to take extra care during this cold, damp spell.” Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner Paul Baxter said.

“Today’s fire in Singleton in the New South Wales Hunter Valley is a tragic reminder of the harsh reality of the importance of fire safety in Australia’s winter months. Our firefighters prepare themselves for winter as emergency house calls rise. Too often they are called to home fires sparked by overloaded powerboards, frayed cords, and the overheating and misuse of heating appliances and equipment.”

Some simple steps the community can take include:

  • Never ever leave cooking unattended and always remember to Keep Looking When Cooking. If possible, keep a fire extinguisher and fire blanket handy in the kitchen
  • Keep everything, furnishing, curtains, clothing, 1 metre away from your heater.
  • Do not overload your power boards with these extra winter appliances such as heaters, electric blankets and dryers
  • Ensure flues and chimneys are regularly cleaned.
  • Strong fire screens should be set up in front of open fires.
  • Turn off your electric blanket at night.
  • Do not use outdoor heating and cooking equipment inside your home. The use of this type of equipment indoors could lead to the build-up of carbon monoxide which could be fatal.

Only working smoke alarms save lives and test your smoke alarm today to make sure its fully operational.

“On average, more than 30% of preventable home fires occur in the cooler months, with 60% of these occurring overnight (between 6.00 pm-6.00 am). Before you leave your house or go to bed each night, check that all your appliances are switched off and ensure that open fires have been fully extinguished. If we all do our bit to minimise the risks in our home, we can all stay safer together.” Commissioner Baxter said.

Avoid Your House Burning Down

During winter electricity costs rise through use of heaters.

Fire Brigades have an increased workload simply because many people overload power switches with heating appliances.

Best way to avoid your house burning down is to go to the local Hardware Store and buy a 4, 6 or 8 socket power board that has an overload switch in it.

Power Boards can be bought for about $6.00 or more.

Best Power Boards also have individual power switches on every socket on the Power Board.

Valuable knowledge that Editor Victor P Taffa learned when he worked at the Family Hardware store in West Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales.

New South Wales Fire Brigade wants you stay alive and not burned alive because you plugged too many appliances into a powerpoint just to save $6.00.

Your life is worth more than $6.00.