CFA attends more than 2000 house fires every year. There are more than 4,500 house fires every year in Victoria.
The most common causes of house fires are:
- Unattended cooking
- Electrical faults
- Faulty appliances
- Faulty wiring
- Home heating
- Fixed and portable heaters
- Open fires and wood heaters
We are all responsible for fire safety in the home
Most home fires can be avoided - here are a few simple actions you can take to protect your home and family from fire:
- Regularly check risk areas see home fire safety checklist
- Make sure you have a working smoke alarm
- Keep a fire blanket and extinguisher in the kitchen
- Teach children to be careful around fire
- Prepare and practise a home fire escape plan
- Know how to get out of your house if there is a fire
Only working smoke alarms save lives
You're 60% less likely to survive a house fire without a working smoke alarm.
You can't smell smoke when you're asleep (we lose our sense of smell when we go to sleep). A smoke alarm is the only thing that will alert you if there is smoke from a fire.