Reduce your fire risk

Keep your family warm and safe this winter with a maintained woodheater. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

TFS. The crackling sound of the woodheater on a cold winter’s night is one of life’s simple pleasures.

For peace of mind in keeping yourself and your family safe, it is important to maintain woodheaters as per the manufacturer’s instructions. The same goes for any other heaters in the home, and chimneys and heater flues should be cleaned and maintained annually.

Should a fire start, a working smoking alarm is vital.

A good way to ensure this often forgotten household device is in working order is to change the battery each time you change the clock for daylight savings. Be sure to test your smoke alarm monthly.

Tasmania Fire Service responds to more than 350 house fires each year. Tasmania has one of the highest fire fatality rates per capita in Australia.

Considering this, it is important to have an escape plan mapped out for you and your family.

In the event of a fire, crawl low if caught in smoke and leave your home immediately. Call 000 from a safe spot outside, and do not attempt to salvage property or return to the home.