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Cooler weather prompts house fire warning

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10 Apr 2012
MFB and CFA are concerned about a spate of fires in the last 24 hours and have issued a warning to people to make sure they are ready for the cold weather.

MFB Acting Chief Fire Officer Rob Taylor said Victoria has moved into a cold spell as autumn advances and winter draws closer.
“Many people will be turning on heaters for the first time in six months and it’s important they take a few simple safety precautions,” he said.

MFB and CFA are advising people to:
• Ensure all heaters are properly maintained
• Make sure smoke alarm batteries have been changed and the alarms tested – only a working smoke alarm saves lives
• Don’t piggy back electrical appliances off power boards. It can cause an overload leading to an electrical fire
• Keep drying clothes at least a metre from heaters, especially electric bar heaters (See Link)
• Take care with candles and don't leave them unattended 
• Keep matches and lighters well out of reach of children
• Ensure fireguards are used around wood heaters
• Keep any flammable materials and accelerants away from homes
• Don’t deadlock yourself in you home; if there is a fire escaping is made more difficult
CFA State Duty Officer Gavin Thompson said most home fires are preventable with a bit of forethought and planning.
"Just a few simple steps will reduce your risk of becoming a fire victim and, as the weather turns colder, we can all do something to protect ourselves,” he said.

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