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Cook ups main cause house fires

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  12.37 PM 6 August, 2013


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CFA is warning all Victorians to remain fire safe, after a rise in the number of kitchen fires across the state this winter.

In June, CFA found 36 per cent of regional house fires started in the kitchen, up 6% on last year.

The main causes of fire included unattended cooking (20 per cent), electrical faults (20 per cent) and wood-fuelled heating (17 per cent).

In June, regional house fires accounted for almost $5 million in damages state-wide.

Grampians Region Community Safety Manager Michael Boatman was interviewed on ABC Radio following yesterday’s mid-season Home Fire Safety Campaign launch in Daylesford.

 

Renowned chef Alla Wolf-Tasker got behind CFA and MFB’s campaign encouraging people to stay alert and avoid distractions in the kitchen.

The Lake House Daylesford chef, recently given the title of “Living Legend” by the Age Good Food Guide, cooked a meal for local Daylesford firefighters as they shared cooking and fire safety tips.

Mr Boatman said it was up to every Victorian to take responsibility to protect their home against fire this winter.

“Always keeping an eye on the cooking, keeping at least one metre of clear space around heaters and open fires, and stay on the lookout for visibly damaged wiring” he said.

For more information, or to download a home fire safety checklist, people can visit www.homefiresafety.com.au.

Tips to safeguard your home from fire this winter:

  • Never leave cooking unattended
  • Keep electrical appliances in good working order
  • Never smoke in bed
  • Do not dry clothing less than one metre from heaters
  • By law every home must have at least one working smoke alarm

 

Number of home fires for CFA’s Barwon South West Region from June 1 to June 30:

Greater Geelong: 11

Glenelg: 2

Surf Coast: 2

Warrnambool: 2

Colac-Otway: 1

Damages: approx. $302,000.00

 

In the CFA’s Grampians Region from June 1 to June 30:

Ballarat: 8 house fires

West Wimmera: 3 house fires

Pyrenees: 2 house fires

Golden Plains: 2 house fires

Moorabool: 2 house fires

Ararat: 1  house fire

Hepburn: 1 house fire

Hindmarsh: 1 house fire

Horsham: 1 house fire

Damages: approx. $1,026,200.00

 

In the CFA’s Eastern Metropolitan Region from June 1 to June 30:

Knox: 12 house fires

Yarra Ranges 10 house fires

Manningham: 1 house fire

 

In the CFA’s Gippsland Region from June 1 to June 30:

Latrobe: 5 house fires

Wellington: 3 house fires

South Gippsland: 2 house fires

Baw Baw: 1 house fire

East Gippsland: 1 house fire

Damages: approx. $1,026,200.00

 

In the CFA’s Hume Region from June 1 to June 30:

Shepparton: 4 house fires

Moira: 3 house fires

Murrindindi: 2 house fires

Alpine: 1 house fire

Indigo: 1 house fire

Mansfield: 1 house fire

Towong: 1 house fire

Wangaratta: 1 house fire

Wodonga: 1 house fire

Damages: approx. $495,000.00

 

Number of home fires for CFA’s Northern and Western Metropolitan Region from June 1 to June 30:

Wyndham: 13 house fires

Melton: 7 house fires

Hume: 5 house fires

Nillumbik: 3 house fires

Whittlesea: 2 house fires

Damages: approx. $902,940.00

 

In the CFA’s Loddon Mallee Region from June 1 to June 30:

Greater Bendigo: 5 house fires

Mildura: 4 house fires

Macedon Ranges: 3 house fires

Mt Alexander: 2 house fires

Campaspe: 1 house fire

Damages: approx. $292,225.00

 

In CFA’s Southern Metropolitan Region from June 1 to June 30:

Casey: 10 house fires

Greater Dandenong: 9 house fires

Mornington Peninsula: 9 house fires

Frankston: 5 house fires

Cardina: 4 house fires

Bass Coast: 2 house fires

Kingston: 1 house fire

Damages: approx. $1,157,900.00

Last Updated: 06 August 2013