Although bushfires are most common in summer, fires around the home can occur at any time of the year.
Reacting to fire
If you hear the smoke alarm and there is a fire, follow these steps:
Preventing house fires
Almost half of all house fires start in the kitchen. Never leave anything cooking unattended, especially if deep frying in oil.
Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
Keep loose clothing, fabrics, tea towels, curtains and flammable items away from the stove.
Keep your oven, range-hood and grill clean. A build-up of grease and fat can ignite in a fire.
Don’t overload power points and power boards.
Regularly check electrical leads for damage and faults.
If you use a clothes dryer, clean your lint filter before or after each use.
Information about fire safety is available in more than 30 languages at www.cfa.vic.gov.au/about/other-languages.
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