Fires can very quickly cause serious injury or even death. Your home and your most beloved possessions can also be destroyed if you have a fire on your property.
Children, the physically impaired, the elderly and others not prepared are most at risk of death or serious injury in house fires.
The areas of the house where most fires occur are the kitchen, bedrooms and lounge areas.
The key to reducing the risk of fire occuring in your home and to surviving a house fire is being prepared. Everyone in your household should understand what risks there are in your home and what to do to minimise them.
Reduce the risk for fire
For a fire to start in a home, it needs an opportunity. There are many sources of fire in the home such as cooking, heating, children playing with lighters/matches and faulty electrics.
Reduce the risk for fire at your home
Detect Fires Early
The earlier a fire is detected and reported the quicker the FRNSW can respond and provide assistance. Early detection usually centres around working smoke alarms, and early reporting of the fire by dialling triple zero (000).
Install and maintain working smoke alarms
Every home should have a fire escape plan. Accidental home fires by their very nature can catch people unawares. Without an escape plan you are placing the lives of everybody in your home in jeopardy.
Create and practice your home escape plan
It is important to be able to lock intruders out, yet in the case of fire, it is just as important not to lock you and your family in.
Ensure your home security lets you out quickly.
Kitchen & household appliances
Every year cooking appliances and equipment, including microwave ovens, are involved in causing many house fires.
Be safe in the kitchen.
Holiday & outdoors
Unfamiliar surroundings, poor preparation and lack of attention to detail while relaxing can quickly result in a fire that could be devastating for you, those around you and the environment.
Learn about holiday and outdoor fire saftey
Many chemicals found in the home are potentially dangerous. These include cleaning fluids, garden fertilizers and pest control products, paint, petrol, swimming pool chlorine and many more.
Store and maintain your home chemicals safely
Children & fire safety
As a parent or carer, there are many simple things you can do to make your home fire safe for children. Educate and supervise children so they understand that fire is a "tool not a toy".
Make your home fire safe for children
Fire safety and prevention in the home brochure
Download the fire safety and prevention in the home brochure and learn about reducing the risk of fire occuring in your home.
Fire safety and prevention in the home brochure (PDF, 930KB)