Common Causes of Fire :: CFS

Common Causes of Fire

Kitchen Stoves:

  • Never leave the stove unattended.
  • Check that electric cords, curtains, tea towels and oven cloths are at a safe distance from the stove top.
  • Be careful of long flowing sleeves contacting gas flames.

Electric Blankets:

  • Do not sleep with electric blankets on or leave the house without switching them off.
  • Never leave weighty objects on the bed when the electric blanket is on.
  • Have your blanket checked by an authorised repairer if you suspect overheating.
  • Always follow manufacturer´s instructions for care and storage.
  • Inspect each blanket for wear and tear at the beginning of the cooler months.

Faulty Wiring: 

  • Always use a qualified electrician.
  • Double adaptors and power-boards can overload power points.
  • Install safety switches and correct fuses.

Smoking in Bed: 

  • Smoking in bed can be fatal - tiny embers can smoulder unnoticed and burst into flame much later.


  • Check light fittings for heat build up.
  • Discard lampshades that are close to light globes & lamp bases that can be knocked over easily.
  • Ensure recessed downlights are properly insulated from wood panelling or ceiling timbers.

Flammable Liquids: 

  • Store all flammable liquids such as petrol, kerosene, methylated spirits away from heat.
  • Always check the label before use and storage.
  • Use extreme care when pouring.

Clothes Dryers: 

  • Always clean lint filters after each load.
  • Avoid drying bras in your dryer as the underwire can get caught and start a fire.


  • Never leave burning candles unattended. Do not sleep with a burning candle.
  • Make sure curtains and other flammable items are well away from burning candles.

Home Heating: 

  • Make sure all appliances are professionally installed.
  • Check that walls and floors are insulated from heat sources.
  • Be careful where you place portable appliances.
  • Never leave an open fire alight when you leave the house or go to bed.
  • Place a mesh guard in front of open fires.
  • Have your chimney and flue cleaned annually.
  • Never leave children unattended near fires and heaters.
  • Clothing should not be dried close to heaters or fires.


  • Warn all children about playing with fire.
  • Keep all matches, lighters and candles out of reach of small children.
  • Teach young children to bring matches or lighters they find to an adult immediately.
  • Teach older children that matches are a tool to be used in the presence of adults.
  • Brief your babysitter on your fire plan - make sure they know all exits and emergency telephone numbers. Make sure the babysitter understands fire survival techniques.

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