Many house fires start in the kitchen and the majority of all kitchen fires begin from cooking that is left unattended on the stove.

  • Never leave cooking unattended. Turn it off before you turn away!
  • Don’t let fats and oils build up around the stove, they can catch fire.
  • Heat oil carefully and do not overfill pot or pan.
  • Never use water, flour or salt to put out an oil or fat fire on the stove.
  • Use a lid or fire blanket to smother a fire in a pot or pan.
  • Never try to carry a burning pot or pan.
  • Keep pot handles turned inwards.
  • Don’t hang objects over oven door handles eg. tea towels.
  • Store flammable materials away from the stove.
  • Empty the crumbs from your toaster regularly, and never position the toaster near curtains or blinds.
  • Wear clothing with tight fitting sleeves when cooking.
  • Leave immediately if your home catches fire.
  • Stay out and dial triple zero ‘000’ for help.

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Heating Fire Safety

  • Don’t place clothing or any flammable material too close to heaters – it should be at least two metres from any source of heat.
  • Never leave clothes near the heater if leaving the house or going to bed.
  • Check clothing regularly if drying near a heater.
  • Use fire screens at all times with open fires.
  • Don’t sit too close to the heaters.
  • Clean and maintain chimneys and heater flues annually.
  • Maintain heaters according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Don’t leave your heater door open or remove screens on open fires.
  • Be careful with the disposal of ashes from the hearth or wood heater. Ashes can take up to five days to cool. Always place ashes in a metal container. Dispose of ashes well clear of your home and pour water over them.
  • Never use an outdoor heater indoors.

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Electric Blankets

  • Switch off before getting into bed.
  • Switch off when not at home.
  • Keep blanket flat and tied firmly to the bed.
  • Never use if wet, soiled or creased.
  • Do not use a hot water bottle and an electric blanket together.
  • Do not place heavy objects on an electric blanket if switched on.
  • Never fold if storing, as you may damage the wiring.

Replace your blanket if it shows any of the following danger signs:

  • Frayed or worn fabric or scorch marks
  • Exposed elements
  • Creasing or folding
  • Soiling/damp patches
  • Tie tapes damaged or missing
  • Damaged electrical cord, plug or controller.

As a final check, switch onto high for 10 - 15 minutes. Run your hand over the blanket to check for hot spots which indicate that the elements may be damaged.


  • Don’t smoke in bed.
  • Light globes are hot. Fit bedside lamps with a compact fluorescent bulb. Don’t put material over the lamp.

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  • Clean dryer lint filters before every use.
  • Ventilate dryers adequately.
  • Allow dryers to complete their cool down cycle.
  • Label flammable liquids and poisons clearly and keep in correct containers.
  • Store poisons and flammable liquids safely away from children.


  • Don’t overload power points or power boards.
  • Replace damaged plugs and leads.
  • Use power boards with overload protection.
  • Never handle electrical equipment with wet hands.
  • Switch off and unplug appliances when not in use.
  • Don’t use faulty electrical equipment until it has been repaired.
  • Don’t place extension leads under carpets or furniture.
  • Install an earth leakage circuit breaker.
  • Check electrical wiring and switches regularly, especially in older homes. This must be done by an authorised tradesperson.

Further Information

For further information on electrical safety contact:

  • Office of Electrical Standards and Safety
  • Ph: 1300 366 322 or visit
  • Aurora Energy
  • Ph: 13 2004 or vist
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Cigarettes, candles and oil burners can all be dangerous fire hazards:

  • Do not smoke in bed.
  • Dampen cigarette butts before putting them in the rubbish.
  • Use a child resistant lighter.
  • Butt out in a deep-sided ashtray or metal container filled with sand.
  • Store matches and lighters out of children’s sight and out of their reach.
  • Make sure your candles are on properly designed candle holders.
  • Don’t go to sleep when a candle or oil burner is alight.
  • Do not put candles or oil burners near windows - be careful, curtains can catch fire easily.
  • Do not place lit candles where they can be knocked over by children, pets or anyone else.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.

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