Protecting Older Australians – NSW Winter fire safety for home and community aged care clients

The NSW Winter fire safety checklist will help prepare you, your family and your home for a safe winter.

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Subscriber announcement
Health sector

Fire safety is critically important, especially as Home Care and CHSP recipients may be vulnerable and may lack mobility.

A fire can take hold in just 3 minutes, yet it only takes seconds to prevent one. Already this winter, preventable fire fatalities have almost tripled with most fatal fires occurring in living areas and bedrooms.

Sufficiently operating sprinkler systems, smoke alarms, emergency exit signs, fire blankets, fire extinguishers, fire safety plans and other safety equipment must be addressed.

Fires are dark and disorientating and you can’t smell smoke in your sleep. A working smoke alarm is the only thing that will provide you with an early warning to escape.

People who are deaf or have a severe hearing loss may have difficulty in hearing conventional smoke alarms and evacuation systems. There are specialised smoke alarms available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Your clients can register for a free safety visit online at or they can contact your local Fire station. NSW & Rescue NSW have prepared a Winter Fire Safety flyer that you can share with your clients.