Winter fire safety

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Mid Lachlan valley Team is urging people living and visiting Forbes, Lachlan, Parkes and Weddin shires to be vigilant about winter fire safety.
“Winter is traditionally the most dangerous time of year for home fires and it’s important that visitors and holiday makers, as well as residents, remain vigilant to the risk of fire,” said Superintendent Ken Neville, team manager.
“People need to be aware of the risks associated with using heating and other electrical appliances during the colder months.
“Households should regularly check heating appliances for faults, turn off electric blankets when not in use and use ember guards on wood-fired heaters and dispose of the hot ash properly.
“It is also vital that people take simple fire safety steps such as ensuring they have working smoke alarms and evacuation plans.”
“The emergency services may need to travel a considerable distance in remote areas, so it is vital that people in rural and isolated locations are conscious of the need to take fire safety precautions.
“Whether you’re at home or on holidays staying in a motel, bed and breakfast, guesthouse or cottage, you should know how to escape in the event of a fire and where to go once you’re out,” he said.
“In the event of a fire, you should get out, call Triple Zero (000) and wait for the emergency services to arrive.”
“Families should discuss this plan with their children so everyone knows what to do. If you are in an isolated location, it is even more important that you can escape the fire quickly and stay safe until the emergency services arrive,” said Superintendent Neville.

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