A fire ripped through this house near Woodburn on Wednesday, claiming the life of its 40-year-old female occupant.
A fire ripped through this house near Woodburn on Wednesday, claiming the life of its 40-year-old female occupant.

Warning follows fire deaths

PEOPLE are being urged to protect themselves from house fires after a tragic week that saw a woman die in Woodburn on Wednesday, the same day 11 people lost their lives in a house fire in Queensland.

In the aftermath of the horrific loss of life, the NSW Fire Service is urging residents to take steps to protect themselves and their property from fire.

Grafton station officer Mick Kearns said although winter was drawing to an end, it was important to take precautions with heaters, electric blankets and fire places.

“A fire can take hold in just three minutes, but it only takes moments to prevent one,” Mr Kearns said.

“We advise people to turn off heaters and electric blankets when you are not using them and definitely when you go to bed or you're not at home.”

Mr Kearns said early warning was often the key to avoiding the potentially disastrous consequences from house fires. For this reason he said it was crucial for smoke alarms to be installed and regularly maintained.

Mr Kearns said anyone wanting more information about installing and maintaining smoke alarms or just more tips about how to minimise the chances of a serious fire, were welcome to call Grafton Fire Station on 66433491.



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