Strathbogie Shire Council

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Residents urged to revisit home fire safety practices

Friday, 1 June, 2018

Last winter, eight houses in the Strathbogie Shire caught fire due to poorly maintained chimneys or flues.

Strathbogie Shire Council’s Municipal Emergency Manager Ken Ross is urging residents to ensure their chimneys and flues are clear.

“Houses catch fire every year due to a lack of maintenance on chimneys and flues,” Mr Ross explained.

Winter is the highest risk period for residential fires, and many of these fires are caused by heaters, flues and chimneys that often have not been used for many months.

All heating appliances should be installed by a qualified tradesperson, and correctly maintained in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations.

It is also a good time to replace batteries on your smoke alarms and practice your home fire escape plan.

Your home fire escape plan should include two ways to escape each room of the house and a designated safe meeting point, such as the letterbox.

There should be a smoke alarm outside every sleeping area and alarms should be tested monthly.

Council encourages the public to complete the Home Fire Safety Checklist on CFA’s website: https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/home-fire-safety-checklist.

 

 



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