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House fires prompt safety warning
A spate of recent fires in and around the Bendigo area should serve as a timely reminder to all Victorians about the importance of practising home fire safety, particularly during the winter months.
CFA District 2 Operations Manager Steven Smith said fortunately none of the recent house fires was fatal.
On Tuesday a mother and her five children were left homeless after a fire destroyed the front room of their Flora Hill home, leaving the house uninhabitable.
The fire is believed to have been caused by an overloaded power board.
Earlier in the week on Sunday a family lost everything in a fire that destroyed their Ascot home. Fire Investigators believe the fire was caused by an unattended heater in a front room of the house.
“Luckily the family did have a working smoke alarm – which alterted them to the fire in the front of the house while they were at the back, and they were able to escape unharmed,” Mr Smith said.
“Unfortunately the same cannot be said for many of their possessions.”
And, just two weeks earlier a family and their young children fled their fully engulfed Spring Gully home.
“All of these incidents could have been preventable.”
“Each year there are more than 4,500 house fires in Victoria. That’s 12 per day.”
“More importantly, on average 20 people die every year from preventable house fires,” Mr Smith said.
Top Winter Fire Safety Tips:
• Make sure you have working smoke alarms in your home.
• Test and clean smoke alarms regularly.
• Don’t overload powerboards.
• Never leave cooking unattended
For more information on home fire safety, and to complete your home fire safety checklist click here.