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Festive season fire safety

Are you fire safe?

We recommend this simple safety checklist to assist in keeping your home safe:


  • When setting up fairy lights and other electrical displays use only one item per power socket and don't overload power boards or piggy back double adaptors.
  • For maximum safety if you use a power board, ensure it has both overload protection and earth leakage protection devices incorporated.
  • Only use decorative lights that have an Australian Standards label and follow manufacturer's instructions on setting up and operating.
  • Check lights and electronic decorations for faults, worn plugs and frayed cords.
  • Inspect the plugs and leads of used decorative lights to ensure they are in good working order. If in doubt, replace the lights.
  • Decorative lights may become very hot so keep away from children and flammable materials such as wrapping paper, decorations or curtains and don’t leave burning candles unattended.
  • Candles should be used in a safe position away from Christmas Trees or other flammable material and out of reach of children. Extinguish them if you leave the room and always before going to bed.
  • Switch off all electrical displays and decorative lights before going to bed.
  • Make sure you have a sufficient number of working smoke alarms throughout your home that are tested regularly and are supported by a written home escape plan in case of fire.


  • If you have a gas, electric or wood BBQ always check that it is in safe working order before lighting and that it is always in the care of a responsible adult when in use.
  • Always keep lighters and matches away from children and educate that they are "tools not toys" to only be used by responsible adults. (Children & Fire Fascination)
  • If you have a garage or shed remember to take extra care with any stored chemicals and fuels and always refuel mowers, edgers etc when they are cold and in the open. (See Garage/Workshop Chemical Safety)
  • If you live in a bushfire prone area keep the ground around your home clear of leaves and other litter and remember to clean your gutters regularly.

Fire safety tips

  • Remember that smoke from a fire will make you confused and that you cannot see in smoke
  • When asleep you will not smell smoke and it will in fact put you into a deeper sleep
  • Only ever use fuses of recommended rating and install an electrical safety switch
  • Home fire safety is important for the whole family and preparation can prevent a tragedy

In an Emergency Call Triple Zero (000)

A collaboration of the Fire & Rescue NSW, NSW Rural Fire Service, ACT Fire Brigade and ACT Rural Fire Service