We are all responsible for home fire safety
House fires can start and take hold within seconds, so it’s vital to pay attention. This means staying on the lookout for everyday risks such as cooking left unattended, or clothes left too close to a heater.
On average, there are 4,500 house fires in Victoria. Most could be prevented by taking simple precautions.
Things you can do right now
Heaters, chimneys, electric blankets and clothes dryers can become a fire risk, particularly if they have been sitting unused for a period of time.
- Book a licensed gas-fitter to check your gas heater
- Check chimneys, flues and fire boxes for cracks, rust and debris
- Check electric blankets for kinks in the wiring
- Clean the lint filter in your dryer (and continue to do this after every load)
- Check appliances for visibly frayed or damaged wiring
- Complete the Home Fire Safety Checklist to see if you’ve done everything you can to protect you and your family.
- Launch the Hotspot House to see how to keep your home safe
Only working smoke alarms save lives
You are 60% less likely to survive a house fire without a working smoke alarm.
When you are asleep you can’t smell smoke. By law, every home must have at least one working smoke alarm – but the safest option is to install an alarm in every room where someone sleeps.
Learn more about smoke alarms, including how to install, test, clean and replace them and their batteries.
Get out, stay out and call Triple Zero (000)
Would your family know what to do if a fire started in your home?
Prepare a home fire escape plan and practise escaping quickly and safely.
Does someone you know need your help?
Think about older relatives, neighbours, friends or adult children who’ve recently moved out of home.
Of people who died in a house fire over the last 10 years:
- More than half did not have a working smoke alarm
- Two thirds were over 65 or had a disability
- Nearly two thirds lived alone