Pass out the Marshmallows

“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.” – William Cullen Bryant


The leaves on the trees are turning gold, the wind has a sharper bite, and the evening already smells different. All of these observations are of course, pointing to one thing – Winter is just around the corner.

We are quite lucky to live where we live. We don’t feel the cold as much as they do in Canberra, or Melbourne. We are less likely to get a large amount of snow fall. But we still notice the drop in the temperature, the sting in the rain that is not apparent in any other season.

It is also the time of year that the clothes get swapped over – from the light layers of Summer to the copious wrappings of warmth. The drinks are of the warmer variety, the meals of the heavier, comforting cuisines – and the heaters come out.

Maybe you’re like some people I know, who have in-built heating systems. Or maybe you just head off to K-Mart or Target to get a small unit to heat a specific area of the house. One thing is certain – you are at a higher risk of having a house fire in Winter with inadequate heating products than most other times of the year.

Which is why I’m recommending that you get your smoke alarms checked, and/or batteries changed.

There is nothing more important than the safety of your family. Your property is pretty important too, but people come first.

Faulty wiring, items falling onto heating surfaces – a fire can start in minutes, while you are in the other end of your house, or cooking dinner, or even asleep. Ensuring that you have fully working smoke alarms is such a necessity that there is even a trend in the daylight savings areas of Australia of checking the smoke alarms when the time change occurs. Seeing as we don’t have that here, I always make sure I do it when I notice the leaves change.

The other thing that you need to be aware of is the changes to the Smoke Alarm Legislation in Queensland, which cover the type of alarm, positioning, and interconnectedness of alarms within your home. If you are unsure as to whether or not your property is compliant, you can simply head to the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services website to double-check.

This is not to say don’t have a fire at all – as long as it’s a (legal) campfire, a bonfire, or a fire in the fireplace. Just make sure that it is a fire that you are aware of and in control of.

Once you know everything is working as it should, you can enjoy the onset of Winter with a free and clear mind – and maybe a glass of mulled wine.


Until next time,


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