Maintenance key to winter safety

On 20/04/2019 by admin

FIRE SAFETY: Orange Fire and Rescue leading firefighter Andy Webb and station officer Brad Monico say winter is a busy time for firefighters. Photo: TANYA MARSCHKE
Nanjing Night Net

WINTER has become the busiest time for Orange firefighters who are warning residents tomaintain fire places and electric blankets to prevent a house fire.

Fire and Rescue NSW’s Orangestation officer Brad Monico said localcrews respondto more kitchen and heater related fires in winter as well as motor accidents due to wet and icy roads.

“Winter can be our busiest time especially for fire and rescue in Orange, we go to more structure related fires and heat related fires,” Mr Monico said,

“Generally it’s kitchen fires and fire place fires or ash in the bins or chimney fires.

“We do get calls especially in the rainy times in terms of dryers, we’ve had a couple of calls in the last month from people not cleaning out the filter of the dryer.”

Mr Monico is also urging people to check electric blankets for damage and frayed cords after a95-year-old woman from Cunningar diedlastweek afterher electric blanket catchingfire.

He said overloaded power boardsand wheat bags in beds were also fire risksand having a functioning smoke alarm was vital.

“We had one of people drying clothestoo close to the heater, a smoke detector went off and prevented a bigger fire,” Mr Monico said.

Keep chimneys maintained.

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