As the cooler temperatures hit Perth, homeowners tend to warm up their heaters and dust their fireplaces to brace for the cold. Unfortunately, home heating is a major cause of house fires in winter.
There are some things you can do to reduce the risk of a house fire, including regular smoke alarm checks, appliance and fireplace checks and correct storage of heating appliances.
Before you crank up the heating, check the cords and plugs of your heating appliances and replace any that are damaged or worn. Check the fireplace, chimney, flue and surrounds before lighting the first fire of the year and always use a fire screen or guard.
Leave at least one metre clear around heaters and fireplaces, and never leave children unsupervised.
Don’t forget to turn heaters off and ensure that fires are completely extinguished before you go to bed or leave the house.
DFES recommends that you test your smoke alarms once a month, replace the batteries once a year and replace the alarm itself every ten years.
If your home was built or renovated after 1 July 1997, bought after 1 October 2009 or if your home is rented, then mains-powered smoke alarms must be installed.
If your home was built after 1 May 2015, the fire alarms must also be interconnected.
For more information about the requirements for smoke alarms, contact the city on email@example.com or (08) 9237 9222.