Heaters & open fires
Cooler months see a 10% increase in the number of home fires, with more fires in bedrooms and loungerooms due to heaters, electric blankets.
Carbon monoxide from open fires
Avoid the use of external heating equipment inside your homes. This includes those that use 'heat beads' or LPG as a fuel source.
This type of equipment is not suitable for indoor use and can lead to a build up of carbon monoxide which could be fatal. All heating devices should be used in accordance with manufacturer's recommended practices.
Prevent fires from heaters & open fires
- Keep everything one metre away from your heater.
- Install and use as per manufacturer’s instructions.
- If you suspect a fault, have the heater serviced or replaced.
- Always supervise young children in rooms with open fires or working heaters.
- Ensure flues and chimneys are regularly cleaned.
- Strong fire screens should be set up in front of open fires.
- Never use wheat bags in bed.
Carbon monoxide poisoning in the media
Did you know?
The use of heaters, cigarettes and candles are common causes of fires.
When you're asleep, you won't smell the smoke from a fire.
You're twice as likely to die in a home fire if you don't have a working smoke alarm.
Fire & Rescue NSW responds to approximately
residential fires each year. Half of these fires start in the kitchen, mostly due to unattended cooking.
Electrical appliances and faults cause almost 40% of home fires.