Are you having a hot Christmas lunch?

Just make sure it does not get too hot!

With most house fires starting in the kitchen, Christmas is definitely not the time to become complacent.  Whether you’re popping the roast in the oven or cooking prawns on the BBQ, it is easy to get side tracked and before you know it your Christmas will be unforgettable for all the wrong reasons.

Simple tips to follow to avoid a fire –

  1. Keep looking at your cooking, never leave it unattended.
  2. Ensure that cooking appliances are turned off after use.
  3. Tea towels, oven mitts and other flammable items should be kept well away from stoves and cook tops.
  4. Turn your pot and pan handles inward (away from children’s reach)
  5. Install a fire extinguisher and fire blanket in the kitchen and familiarise yourself with their operation.
  6. Have at least one working smoke alarm on each level of the home and make sure it is working by testing them monthly and changing the batteries at least once a year. The best locations for smoke alarms are in hallways leading from bedrooms and in sleeping areas.
  7. Service, clean and maintain your barbecue correctly – check cylinders for rust or damage, make sure connections are clear and fit properly, and clean your barbecue regularly
  8. Never put flammable liquid or accelerants on to a barbecue.
  9. If a fire does occur, get out, call Triple Zero (000) and stay out.

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We wish you all a safe Christmas.

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