July the worst month for fires

JULY is the worst winter month for house fires, a third of which start in the kitchen, according to NRMA Insurance.The insurer has urged NSW residents to be fire safety aware during the worst month for house fires and to take particular care in the kitchen.According to NRMA Insurance community and sustainability manager Megan Lupton, kitchen fires top the list for causing house fires and have the potential to spread quickly, often to curtains or cupboards in a matter of seconds.“As we’re spending more time indoors during the winter months, we want to highlight how quickly a kitchen fire can spread and put families in danger,” said Ms Lupton.NRMA Insurance customer claims data shows the most common appliance to ignite a fire in the home is a reverse-cycle air conditioning unit, followed by the microwave, dishwasher and dryer.“It’s important to clean electrical appliances frequently including reverse-cycle air conditioners and the filter on dryers to help prevent fuelling a fire.“People should also be careful not to overload their power boards and ensure they dust unused power points to help avoid starting an electrical fire,” said Ms Lupton.NRMA Insurance recommends households:• stay in the kitchen while cooking is on the stove;• install photoelectric smoke alarms and test monthly. If you have battery-operated alarms, change the batteries at least once a year;• have an evacuation plan and make sure everyone in the house knows and practises it;• keep a fire extinguisher and fire blanket at hand in the kitchen;• don’t key-lock deadlocks on doors when at home in case you need to leave in a hurry;• call 000 immediately if a fire does break out that cannot be safely and quickly controlled; and,• ensure insurance is up-to-date.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 苏州美甲培训学校.