Firies warn homeowners to be ready for winter risk
THE Coffs Coast faces a very real fire threat this coming winter, not from the bush, but the potentially fatal firefront within the home, firefighters have warned.
Over the past 12 months fire crews in Coffs Harbour, Sawtell and Woolgoolga attended 35 residential property fires, ranging from food left burning on the stove to homes engulfed in flames.
In Bellingen, over that same period, local NSW Fire and Rescue units attended five property fires.
In announcing today's Fire Station Open Day, NSW Fire and Rescue Mid North Coast Commander, Inspector Tony Lenthall, said now was the time to make preparation measures in the home.
"We see a definite spike in house fires over the cooler months, as people use different methods to keep their homes warm," Inspector Lenthall said.
"A large percentage of the fires are caused by cooking and due to other pieces of equipment such as electrical blankets, heaters and dryers.
"Having a working smoke alarm won't prevent a fire, but it will give you early warning to either extinguish the fire or evacuate and call 000."
Fire stations will be opened to the public across the Coffs Coast today between 10am and 2pm.
Anyone interested in a firefighting career should attend as there are several retained firefighter positions vacant in Sawtell, Coffs Harbour, Urunga and Bellingen.