Fire safety during winter (Prevent Disaster)

Fire safety during winter (Prevent Disaster)

Australian Fire Safety

Every winter thousands of Australian homes experience accidental house fires.

These fires are commonly due to the increased use of home heating systems such as gas, electrical or woodfire. This makes fire safety during winter paramount.

There are preventable methods that you can implement in your home to ensure you protect your family and still keep them warm during winter.


You can download the official fire rescue home checklist here.

Check Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms are one of your last lines of defence against a house fire. They are incredibly important to notify you and your loved ones that there is smoke within the house. Especially when sleeping, the smoke may not wake you.

 It is essential to check that your home’s smoke alarms are functioning properly.

  • Test your alarm to ensure that it is working and is loud.

  • Check that date on the alarm to ensure it is with the date.

  • Clean the alarm of any dust, insects or debris.

You should at minimum possess one fully functional fire alarm on each level of your home located in a centralised area.

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 test smoke alarm

Create Escape Plan

Ensuring that your family has a well-versed fire escape plan can save you from disaster.

If there is a fire in your home, leave immediately and call emergency services.

  • Create an escape plan, it can help to draw this plan out View an example escape plan

  • Discuss this escape plan with your family, this is very effective for answering questions from children regarding fire safety procedures.

  • Create a meeting spot outside of the home, that is a safe distance from the danger. Such as the mailbox.

  • Practise your escape plan ensuring that all members of the family have multiple methods of efficient escape.

An escape plan will hopefully never have to be used, however, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Fire safety during winter

Fireplace And Chimneys

Fireplaces and chimneys are obviously a fire hazard, to ensure fire safety during winter it is imperative to follow these steps:

  • Ensure your chimneys are clean.

  • use a metal fire screen in front of open fires.

  • Ensure that a qualified tradesperson gives your fireplace a safety check.

  • ensure all wood and fuel are stored at a safe distance from the fireplace 

Fireplace safety


The excessive use of heaters during winter also may create a potential hazard. Ensure that you’re safely operating and maintaining your heater by:

  • Regularly service all heaters

  • Cleaning heaters area of clutter

  • Only plugging heaters directly into a socket( not using extension cords or power boards).
  • Keeping the room is well vented

Heater safety

Electrical Safety

Electrical safety considerations are paramount to preventing electrical fires during winter. While it is important to receive professional opinions when it comes to electrical safety, there are things you can do to prevent potential hazards:

  • Visually inspect all outlets and cables in your home.

  • Do not overload a powerpoint with an excessive amount of plugs.

  • If you suspect an electrical fault, turn off the device and contact an electrician to come and do an official inspection to ensure it is safe for operation.

Electrical safety

Electric Blanket Maintenance 

Electric blankets use is very common in Australian homes during winter. In order to maintain your electric blanket, follow these tips:

  • Folding your electric blanket for storage may cause damage. Roll your blanket instead to prevent cable fault.
  • Test your electric blanket before use, this can be done by laying it on your bed and observing it for two minutes.
  • Feel the internal wires for any abnormalities and inspect cords for damage.

If you notice any damage or problems with the electric blanket it should be discarded. 

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Electric safety blanket

Who can perform electrical safety checks near me?

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