Winter is here! And with the increased use of heating devices comes the increased risk of electrical faults. Over the past five years during Winter, heating devices have been responsible for almost 200 house fires across South East Queensland. To help safeguard you and your family against electrical hazards this Winter follow these 4 simple steps below:
1. INSPECT HEATERS AND ELECTRIAL BLANKETS
Start winter by checking your heaters, electrical blankets and heating devices for frayed wires and cords, loose connections and pinched insulation on wires. Cracked, overheated and damaged wiring can lead to electrical faults and be hazardous.
2. HEATER CARE AND PLACEMENT
Clean heaters to remove dust build-up. Always place heaters in open spaces. Setting heaters in enclosed spaces can lead to overheating and fire. Never leave turned on heaters unattended.
3. AVOID OVERLOADING POWERPOINTS
Many homes do not have enough powerpoints and often rely on extension cables to power their heaters and electrical blankets. This can result in circuits tripping and can in extreme instances cause electrical fires.
4. TEST AND CLEAN SMOKE ALARMS
Did you know you have no sense of smell when you fall asleep? So it is vital your smoke alarms are in perfect working order with regular testing and maintenance. To test a smoke alarm, press the ‘test’ button. Cleaning and maintenance should be done according to the manufacturer’s instructions.