Away from home fire safety tips with Taree Fire Station Commander Peter Willard

Taree Fire Station Commander Peter Willard
Taree Fire Station Commander Peter Willard

Taree Fire Station Commander Peter Willard said it is highly important to all residents to ensure their homes are secure from any fire dangers while away on summer holidays.

Residents are advised to consider switching off and disconnecting non-essential electrical appliances and IT equipment.

Smoke alarms should be tested and change batteries if required to ensure they are working.

Commander Willard said that it is imperative to let a neighbour or family friend know of your whereabouts and contact details.

“Ask them to watch your home and notify fire brigades on Triple Zero if they hear your smoke alarms going off,” Commander Willard said. 

If homes are in a bush fire prone area, it is encouraged that survival, preparation and evacuation plans are created.

Ensure that any lights that are left switched on are in a safe location away from combustibles such as curtains and are of a correct wattage to prevent overheating. 

“Know where the exits are, talk to your family about what to do if there is a fire and have a holiday home escape plan,” Commander Willard said.

“Switch off and empty clothes dryers before you leave,close all internal doors before you leave to help reduce fire spread if there is a fire, extinguish any incense, candles or oil burners and take the time to do a thorough final check of your home before you leave.”

All internal doors should be closed before you leave to help reduce fire spread if there is a fire. 

"Take the time to do a thorough final check of your home before you leave,” Commander Willard added. 

While away, ensure your holiday destination has a working smoke alarm are draw up and practice a fire escape plan with your family. 

Commander Willard reminded drivers to make sure to plan to “arrive alive” and stop to revive every two hours.