Winter Electrical Safety Tips

Research and data, provided by all Australian Fire Services, shows us that during winter there is a substantially increased risk of house fires, predominantly due to our higher usage of electrical appliances. Unfortunately, this then results in an increased mortality rate, due to house fires. With the winter season quickly approaching, it’s important to take extra precautions and be even more vigilant with fire safety.

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Below, we have put together an easy to follow, safety checklist, to help identify and pre-empt any potential risks that can cause a house fire. This is to ensure your home and family are safe from any appliances or other items that may start a fire.

  • Throw away any electrical appliances that are damaged.
  • Make sure all appliances meet Australian standards.
  • Make sure you have the required number of smoke alarms throughout your house. The alarms should be tested monthly and the batteries replaced annually. Every year, on April 1, April Fools Day, is the day promoted to change your smoke alarm batteries, using high quality, long-life batteries.
  • Check electric blankets for any fraying or damaged cords.
  • Ensure electric heaters are not used within one metre of other objects, including curtains, bedding and table cloths.
  • Remember to turn off electric heaters before you leave the room or house.
  • Ensure gas heaters are serviced regularly and used correctly; to reduce the risk of dangerous fumes polluting your home, and causing a fire.
  • Do not piggyback cords on double adapters or power boards.
  • Never leave children unattended near candles, matches, electric heaters or any flammable items.
  • Always contain open flames with care and extinguish them before you leave the room or go to bed.
  • If you have a fireplace, make sure the chimney is kept clean and a screen is in place to capture flying embers.
  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Be aware of loose-fitting garments when cooking and around heaters.
  • Keep drying clothes one metre from heaters and fireplaces.
  • If you use a clothes dryer, clean the lint filter every time you use it.
  • Ensure your Safety Switch is working and test regularly.
  • Ensure you have an evacuation plan and that the whole family is familiar with it, in case of emergency. Practice your evacuation plan, in case of fire.
  • Don’t try to fight a fire. Get out, stay out and call ‘000’ immediately.

Alarming fact: The physically impaired or frail and elderly can have a significantly reduced chance of survival if caught in a house fire.

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If you are unsure of the safety of the electrical appliances and electrical wiring in your home Fallon Services Master Electricians can complete an Electrical Safety Test to keep your home electrical fire-free this winter. Book today on 1300 762 260.