Know Risk is a community education program designed by the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) to improve our understanding of insurance and how it relates to managing the many risks we all face in life.
Home fire safety
Home fires destroy 11,000 homes each year in Australia, many of which may be easily preventable.
Here are some tips:
- Never leave anything unattended on the stove.
- Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the house.
- Keep a clear area around heaters: clothing, curtains and toys should be at least one metre away.
- If you have a patio gas heater, keep it well away from roofing, shade cloths, umbrellas or anything else that can easily melt or go up in flames.
- Change the batteries in smoke alarms every year. Test them monthly.
- Have your local chimney sweep come to visit each year.
- Candles, incense and oil burners are fire hazards – keep them away from anything flammable and don’t leave them unattended.
- Don’t leave electric blankets on for more than 30 minutes, and never put any weight on the bed while they are turned on – that includes people, animals or anything else.
- Clean the lint filter of your clothes dryer each time you use it.
When it comes to fires, the Country Fire Authority (CFA) knows what’s what. Find some more pointers here.