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Practical fire safety tips

There are a number of steps you can take to reduce the risk of fire to you, your family and your dwelling.

In case of a fire, please call 000 (triple zero).

Whether you live in a house, small apartment block, high-rise dwelling or in another living arrangement, there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the risk of fire to you, your family and your dwelling. The following information will help you improve your home’s fire safety.

With summer approaching and more people spending time on balconies, it is critical that you understand and practice fire safety precautions in your home:   

  • remove rubbish, clutter and flammable items from any balconies
  • keep your balcony furniture away from exterior walls
  • keep items 1 metre from air-conditioning units, including clothing that is on the balcony to dry
  • ensure smoke alarms are not covered or disconnected and are tested each month. If smoke alarms have 9-volt batteries, it is critical they are replaced every year. Consider changing your smoke alarms to ones with a 10-year lithium battery
  • do not use barbecues on balconies
  • do not smoke on balconies
  • do not store gas bottles on balconies
  • always keep fire doors clear, closed and unlocked at all times
  • know the building fire evacuation plan and be familiar with escape routes and escape procedures
  • keep a dry powder fire extinguisher easily accessible in your home at all times
  • use only in case of a small fire and if you feel physically and mentally able
  • call 000 in an emergency

You can also download a poster containing these practical fire safety tips:

Essential Safety Measures

Essential Safety Measures (ESMs) are the safety features required in a building to protect occupants in the event of a fire. If a fire occurs, well maintained ESMs can provide residents with more time to exit the building and lessen the chance of fire spreading. ESMs require ongoing care and maintenance.

Read more information including advice to owners corporations about Essential Safety Measures.

Looking for more fire safety information?

For more information on fire safety, download Fire Rescue Victoria's Home Fire Safety booklet.

For more information on gas safety, visit Energy Safe Victoria.

Reviewed 26 November 2020

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