Imagine waking up tomorrow with nothing – no roof over your head and every one of your treasured possessions gone.
That’s the stark reality for many people impacted by house fires.
Alarmingly, every week on average more than one person dies in a house fire in Australia, with the elderly, young, disabled, those who live alone and the poor the most vulnerable.
Residential fires cause more deaths each year than other natural hazards combined such as floods, storms and bushfires, and the rate has remained steady over the past decade.
And the risk of fire is severely heightened during the colder months with the increased use of appliances such as heaters and electric blankets.
Here’s a few tips from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade on how to keep your house safe.