Winter warning for house fires
AS colder weather sets in across Australia, Century 21 encourages all home owners and tenants to be aware of the increased risk of household fires and to take preventative steps to protect family members, property and possessions.
"As the temperature drops, people tend to increase their use of heaters, clothes dryers and the like at home, all of which can pose a serious fire threat if not managed in a careful manner," said co-principal of Century 21 Marsden Realty Geoffrey Jordan.
"There are some terrible examples of preventable residential fires occurring because, for example, a heater has been left unattended or hasn't been maintained properly.
"These incidents can tragically result in loss of life and major property damage, all of which could have been avoided if various safety measures had been practiced."
According to Century 21, in order to prevent a serious fire occurring, all home owners and tenants should ensure that heating equipment and clothes dryers are cleaned and maintained prior to and throughout the winter months and monitored when in use.
In addition, it is essential that smoke alarms are installed and in working order throughout a home so as to alert a property's occupants should a fire occur.
"Working smoke alarms and proper fire protection equipment such as extinguishers and blankets can be the difference between catastrophe and a fire that is put out quickly, resulting in minimal damage to people and property, "Geoffrey Jordan said.
"It is important to get fire safety right.
"Recognising potential fire risks within your property and acting to minimise them will help to ensure the safety of all occupants as well as the dwelling itself this winter."