RESIDENTS in the Shire of Mundaring are urged to exercise caution to avoid house fires this winter.Chief Bush Fire Control Officer Mark Casotti said there were a number of house fires in the Shire each year."One home lost is one home too many. The impact of losing your home is significant and in winter, these fires are often avoidable," he said.
"We are asking residents to act safely, and carry out appropriate checks of your heating before the cold really sets in."
Mr Casotti said residents should have their chimneys cleaned before they are used.
"There could be a blockage which is a common cause of house fires," he said.
"We also encourage people to have gas heaters checked and serviced regularly by licensed professionals, as well as changing your smoke alarm batteries. Hard wired alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
"People should teach their children about the dangers of fire, keep flammables including clothes, well clear of heating and be careful using candles in the home. If we all work together and remind our friends and family about fire safety, we'll all be safer as a result."
Department of Fire and Emergency Services provide a number of resources to help residents stay safe in their homes this winter. For more information visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au