26 September 2023

Canberrans shown how to find home fire risk

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With winter upon us, Canberrans are being urged to keep safety front of mind as they dust off their heaters and prepare for the cold weather.

ACT Fire and Rescue Chief Officer Matthew Mavity said firefighters had already responded to more than 40 structure fires this year “and most of them could have been prevented.”

“Some things Canberrans should never be complacent about include leaving cooking unattended, cleaning the lint filter in their dryer and always keeping flammable materials at least one metre from the heater,” Chief Officer Mavity said.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Mick Gentleman called on people to minimise fire risks around the home.

“House fires are more common in the cooler months when heating and electrical appliances are used more frequently, and they can become fatal in less than three minutes,” Mr Gentleman said.

He said along with knowing how to prevent a fire starting in the home, it was essential that Canberrans knew what to do if a fire did start.

“I encourage everyone to take some time this weekend to create and practice a fire escape plan,” the Minister said.

“It only takes a few minutes and is a simple, practical way to ensure your household knows what to do in the event of a house fire,” he said.

“We urge the community to reduce home fire risks and stay safe this winter.”

Mr Gentleman said people should respond immediately to a fire in their home by evacuating and calling Emergency Triple Zero (000).

Further information on home fire escape plans can be accessed at this PS News link.

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