Fire safety and smoke alarms
Preventing household fires and making sure your smoke alarms are working
How can I keep my home fire safe?
If there is a fire, dial 000
Many household fires can be prevented. Everyone in your household should know what they can do to reduce the danger of a fire in your home.
Here are a few simple things you can do:
- regularly check risk areas
- make sure you have working smoke alarms
- practise kitchen fire safety
- prepare a home fire escape plan.
Fire and Rescue NSW recommends regular and simple safety checks to make your home fire safe:
- Never smoke in bed.
- Never leave cooking unattended.
- Check electric blankets for damage (including frayed cords) and replace old ones regularly.
- Turn off electric blankets before getting into bed.
- Keep curtains, clothing, tablecloths and bedding away from heaters and candles.
- If you use a clothes dryer, clean the lint filter every time you use it.
- Only use one appliance for every powerpoint.
- Switch off appliances when you are not using them.
- Blow out candles or any other open flames before going to bed or leaving a room.
- Store matches and lighters away from young children.
- Test the smoke alarms every month by pressing and holding the button until it beeps.
If your alarm doesn’t beep when tested, report it to DCJ Housing. If you live in community housing, contact your housing provider to report faulty smoke alarms.
Housing Contact Centre 1800 422 322
How can I be prepared for a fire?
Talk to your family, including your children, about what to do if there is fire
- point out where the smoke alarm is and explain what it does
- develop a home fire escape plan – include a meeting place and two ways to get out of each room
- discuss and practise the plan with everyone in the household and keep a copy handy
- make sure keys to all locked doors are easy to access
- if you live in a high-rise building, practice high-rise fire safety.
If you are hearing impaired, you can have a strobe light connected to your smoke alarm.
How do I deal with a fire?
Your first priority is to ensure that you and your family are safe. In an emergency:
- escape as quickly as possible and phone 000
- do not attempt to fight a fire
- do not go back inside to save your things
- if there is smoke, cover your nose and mouth with a cloth and keep close to the floor
- if a fire starts in your home or unit, leave straight away and close the front door firmly, use the nearest stairs to reach ground level and never use a lift if there is a fire
- if a fire starts in another unit, or in a common area, leave the building if it is safe
- if it is not safe to leave, phone 000 tell them your location, stay in your unit and close your doors and windows to keep the smoke out
- heavy sleepers, such as children and those affected by alcohol or drugs, may not hear the alarm. You might need to offer help
- if a family member has a hearing or mobility problem, ask someone to help them.
Fire and Rescue NSW will advise when a person can re-enter a fire damaged property.
In most cases Fire and Rescue NSW will tell us when a fire has occurred. We will contact you to discuss how we can help, or you can phone us and we'll arrange help as fast as possible.