STAY SAFE: How to keep your house free from fire this school holidays.
STAY SAFE: How to keep your house free from fire this school holidays. Dave Noonan

Keep your home free from fire hazards this school holidays

THE winter school holidays are in full swing during what time is traditionally the peak period for house fires.

South Burnett residents are being reminded to keep their homes free from fire hazards and be mindful of fire hazards around the home.

"As children start their school holidays, it is essential for parents to remember that this time of year isn't all fun and games,” acting Queensland Fire and Emergency Services commissioner Michael Wassing said

"While we want families to enjoy the break, it is also the perfect time to check for fire hazards around the home and re-evaluate safety practices.”

Mr Wassing said cooler temperatures meant families might choose to stay indoors these holidays and turn to electrical appliances for warmth and entertainment.

"Families should be mindful of the appliances they are using if they are choosing to stay inside these holidays,” he said.

"We know how great it is to curl up under a blanket and watch streaming services on devices like laptops and tablets, but parents should ask themselves whether they are using those items safely.

"It is vital to provide adequate ventilation around all electrical equipment to avoid excessive heat build-up.”

Residents are advised to make sure they are not overloading power points by running heaters and charging devices at the same time.

Mr Wassing said parents could also ensure their children's safety by checking the fire danger on their kids' clothing.

"If families are rugging up the kids in new clothing purchases, such as pyjamas, they should ensure they always check the label for low fire danger,” he said.

"Parents should consider buying clothing that is close-fitting and offers greater fire resistance, such as wool and treated fabrics or fibres.

"Natural fibres offer much more protection as they are harder to ignite and burn slower than synthetic materials.”

Mr Wassing said it was important for parents to instil sound fire safety practices in their children.

"Ask any parent and they will tell you kids are observant and really good at picking up habits from those around them,” Mr Wassing said.

"When they are mindful of fire safety, parents are helping make sure they pass along that skill to the next generation.

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