FIRE and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) firefighters are warning residents to take their fire safety seriously after a spate of house fires injured 21 people across the state in the past 24 hours.
“Winter is the worst time of year for house fires and we have seen this in the last 24 hours with five unit fires and seven house fires – two of these were at Lake Macquarie, eight were in the Sydney metropolitan area, and five in regional NSW,” said FRNSW Commissioner Greg Mullins.
“The peak time of day for home fires is between 5pm and 7pm. Between May and July this year, 718 house fires were reported in the hour after 5pm and 692 after 6pm.”
To help identify potential risks in the home everybody is encouraged do a free FRNSW/GIO online home fire safety audit at www.homefiresafetyaudit.com.au