WITH one in five Australians to experience a house fire in their lifetime, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to be extra cautious in the coming months.
As the cold weather settles in Bundaberg locals may be more inclined to drag out the heater and other electrical equipment.
But Bundaberg station officer Trevor Duncan said it was important to thoroughly check electrical equipment before putting it to use.
"We recommend people clean their heaters if they have been in cupboards collecting dust," he said.
"Inspect cords and if they look in poor shape they should be discarded and replaced."
Mr Duncan said people sometimes made the mistake of hiding their power leads under rugs and carpets which could generate excessive heat.
According to Smoke Alarm Solutions about 60% of people think smoke alarms should be checked once a year.
"Smoke alarm batteries should be checked once a year but it's important to hit the test button once a week," Mr Duncan said.
"Make it part of your house cleaning duties to check it."
Alarm Reminders is a free smoke alarm reminder service that aims to reduce deaths and injuries from house fires.
It will send you an email and or text message at regular intervals, reminding you to test your smoke alarms, change the batteries in your smoke alarms or replace your smoke alarms when they reach 10 years.
For more information, visit www.alarmreminders. org.au.