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Don’t burn your buns this Easter

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13 Apr 2017
Do you have a penchant for burnt hot cross buns and cremated bangers?

This weekend make sure you put safety top of your priorities or risk firefighters crashing your Easter lunch.

MFB Assistant Chief Fire Officer Martin Braid said unattended cooking and poorly maintained barbeques were among the top causes of preventable house fires in Melbourne.

“Last year, almost half of house fires began in the kitchen,” Mr Braid said.

“We all enjoy a good barbeque but before you fire up, there are some simple steps you should be taking to avoid burning more than your burgers.

“Candles, incense and oil burners are an important part of religious and cultural festivities in many households over Easter but they can be extremely dangerous if left unattended or burning too close to flammable objects.

“We want everyone to enjoy their Easter long weekend so please don’t take any risks with the safety of you and your family.”

 

Top tips to keep your home safe this Easter:

  • Never leave cooking unattended
  • Take care with candles, incense sticks and oil burners. Always make sure they are away from flammable items such as curtains and that they cannot be knocked over
  • Only use candles, incense and oil burners on stable, non-combustible surfaces
  • Always extinguish open flames before leaving home or going to sleep
  • Turn off electrical appliances at the power point when not in use and before going away
  • Only use your BBQ outdoors and maintain a safe distance of one metre from fences, sheds and walls.
  • Ensure the gas cylinder hose is not perished, connections are tight and not leaking and make sure the cylinder is within date.
  • Ensure you have at least one working smoke alarm on every level of your home, including one in each room where someone sleeps with the door closed

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