As the seasons change, fire safety risks increase for residents

FIRE SAFETY TIPS: New England Rural Fire Service Zone Manager Superintendent Steve Mepham offers up some red hot tips to stay safe this winter. Photo: Contributed.
FIRE SAFETY TIPS: New England Rural Fire Service Zone Manager Superintendent Steve Mepham offers up some red hot tips to stay safe this winter. Photo: Contributed.

WINTER has seen a spike in house fires in New South Wales.

New research by insurance company Suncorp found that fires increase by 47 per cent during the cold season statewide.

New England Rural Fire Service Zone Manager Superintendent Steve Mepham said they key to prevention is preparation.

“Over the past few weeks, the NSW Rural Fire Service has attended a number of fires in ceiling spaces and within the chimneys of fire places,” he said.

“Preventing fires from heaters and open fire places is also your responsibility.”

NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire Rescue NSW websites recommend property owners ensure their flues and chimneys are regularly cleaned.

“If you suspect a fault with your fire place or heater, have it serviced or replaced,” he said.

The leading cause of house fires is unattended cooking.

The Fire and Rescue NSW Keep Looking While Cooking campaign aims to raise awareness about dangers in the kitchen.