Member for Gembrook Brad Battin is urging residents of the Gembrook electorate to keep their homes and families safe this winter.
“Winter brings a higher risk of fires in the home and residents need to be prepared. During the months of June, July and August, the likelihood of a house fire increases by up to 20 per cent,” Mr Battin said.
“Last winter there was 1,042 residential fires across Victoria, and six people lost their lives. This winter the CFA and MFB is encouraging Victorians to be vigilant to help minimise the fire risk.”
Mr Battin said unattended cooking was the single biggest cause of domestic fires throughout the year, and that one-third of all residential fires started in the kitchen.
“Other potential winter fire hazards are faulty heaters or blocked chimneys,” Mr Battin said.
Some Key points to remember are:
• Check your smoke alarms. Only working smoke alarms save lives
• Create a home fire safety plan and practice it regularly
• Keep a list of emergency numbers near the phone
Comprehensive information can be found at www.homefiresafety.com.au or at your local CFA station.
“Everyone has an individual responsibility to minimise the fire risk in the home. Don’t wait for tragedy to strike before you take action,” Mr Battin said.