When you hear the word summer, it’s no surprise that your mind took you to a hot lazy day at the beach or even a family camping trip, roasting marshmallows by a bonfire.

You did not, however, expect the word MARCH!
But, we live in a sunburnt country that’s unpredictable at the best of times.
And not to mention our northern states and territories, summer doesn’t just finish in February. No, no, it drags on.

With that in mind, here are a few simple things that you can do to help make the warmer weather easier and safer for you and your family.

1) Check your BBQ before you entertain guests, ensuring the connections on the hoses are tight with no leakage.

2) Don’t forget to also check the expiry date before using a gas cylinder and never use a hose that is cracked or leaking.

3) Clean out your gutters and remove piles of rubbish, weeds and leaves from around your home. Especially if you live in a rural area, you should always keep your lawns mowed and gardens maintained in case of bushfires (time to trim those overhanging branches).

4) Keep looking when you’re cooking. Never leave anything unattended in the kitchen or on the BBQ. You don’t want to be the one to char your own dinner.

5) Don’t overload powerboards. And if you already have, make sure you take the time to spread them out and regularly check electrical leads for damages.

6) Another tip is to switch off all electrical displays and decorative lights before going to bed. Lights can cause a fire so don’t place them near paper trimmings or curtains.

7) Before leaving the house, establish that your smoke alarms are working and your appliances are turned off. The last thing you want is a reminder that you didn’t turn the iron off when it’s too late.

8) Always extinguish campfires before going to bed. This is pretty common sense and everyone should know not to leave an exposed fire unattended.

9) A carbon monoxide test is an extremely important component in providing safety in your home. Carbon monoxide is odourless and colourless which can make it easier to forget it can cause harm.

10) And finally, make sure you have a fire safety plan. Draw a floor plan of your home that includes two ways to escape from every room. Plan the escape route and arrange that everyone knows how to get out to the delegated meeting point outside your home.

Now that you’ve read all of our warmer weather fire safety tips, make sure you tell the people who you’ll be with these tips as well. The more people that are aware, the more you can all look out for each other.

Have fun and be safe.