Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is encouraging residents to put a little extra emphasis on fire safety in the coming days, as a recent spate of fires has left 21 people injured.

“The injuries sustained in these fires serve as a reminder for people to take action now
to reduce their chances of becoming fire victims,” said Greg Mullins, commissioner of the FRNSW.

On August 6, it was revealed that 12 fires in residential properties had taken place within a 24-hour period. Damages costing hundreds of thousands of dollars have been reported.

The FRNSW has released some suggestions that should help people better manage the risk fire poses to their property.

These include turning off all heaters and electric blankets before you go to sleep, making sure you keep anything flammable – such as clothing and other materials – away from heaters and open flames, and always keeping an eye on objects such as candles and cigarettes when they’re lit.

If you’re the owner of a small business, you may also want to make sure your power points and boards aren’t overloaded, as these could cause a devastating fire outside of business hours.

Mr Mullins said that winter is always the worst time of year when it comes to fires. He expanded on this, saying that more than 60 per cent of the fires he attended to during the year occur between May and September.

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