Each winter heaters, electric blankets and tumble dryers cause a large number of house fires in Australia. Have you checked and kept up your maintenance by simply following these valuable tips
Removing hazards and safe use of heaters
- Never leave heaters unattended. If a fire starts it could spread through your home before you are able to respond.
- Keep flammable materials at least a metre away from the heater. The majority of house fires are caused by people hanging clothes or towels to dry on or in front of the heater. Clothes, upholstery, curtains and other material that could catch fire should be kept more than a meter from any heater at all times.
- Make sure portable heaters are secured upright and not left in locations where people or pets could knock them over.
- Avoid using portable heaters on table tops unless they are secure and designed for that purpose. There is a risk of heat damage to the table top and if it falls off it could damage the heater and start a fire.
Electric heater safety tips
- Don’t plug electric heaters into powerboards, double adaptors or extension cords with other appliances. Heaters consume large amounts of power and may overload the supply and cause a fire.
- Before using an electric heater check the condition of the appliance and power cords for obvious damage. If there is damage contact an electrician or the service technician to fix it.
Gas heater safety and correct use
- Never use gas heaters designed or marked for outdoor use inside. They are a fire risk and can also release toxic gases which can accumulate inside and potentially harm you. Using LPG cylinders indoors to provide fuel for unflued heaters or other gas appliances is dangerous and is not recommended.
- Unflued heaters must not be used in bedrooms, bathrooms or small rooms that have no permanent ventilation. Toxic gases can build up inside and potentially harm you.
- Never use your gas oven or stove as a room heater.
- Always check your gas heater is working correctly. Signs of problems with gas heaters may include difficulty when lighting, yellow flames, unusual smells or noisy or inoperable fans.
- Regularly service your gas heater according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Always use a licensed gas fitter for this task.
Clothes dryer safety
- Ensure that the lint filter is cleaned regularly. Lint that has built up can catch fire.
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions and only place suitable materials into the clothes dryer.
Electric blanket safety
Do you really need them they can be dangerous and not certainly not recommended for use with children (eg Bedwetting) If you really need to use one then every year take it out and give it a thorough check.
- Electric blankets should be rolled when stored away. Folding an electric blanket can damage element wires within the blanket
- When using a blanket for the first time after storage, lay it flat on the bed and check for hot spots as it heats up. Only add sheets once you are sure the blanket will operate safely at a maximum temperature.
- Electric blankets that are not properly maintained can cause fires.
- Avoid using double adaptors or power boards wherever possible.
- Older electric blankets might be damaged and may not have the safety features of modern blankets, so consider replacing them.
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Article By Peter Hill… Tested & True ~ test & tag, Lonsdale, South Australia, Contact 0407605568 February 2016 www.testedandtrue.com.au