As we approach winter, it is very important to special precautions regarding fire safety.
“Data from all Australian Fire Services shows that during winter there is an increased risk of house fires due to higher usage rates of electrical appliances. Sadly, this in turn results in an increased mortality rate from house fires.”
Masters Electricians Australia have devised a safety checklist that everyone should adhere to, to ensure the safety of their homes and families.
Winter Fire Safety Checklist
- Make sure all items meet Australian standards and are not damaged. If they are damaged, throw them away
- Make sure you have an adequate number of fire alarms throughout your house and test them regularly
- Check all electric blankets for fraying and damaged cords
- Make sure that all electric heaters are not kept within 1 metre of other objects
- Always make sure all heaters are turned off as soon as you leave the room or house
- Do not piggyback cords on double adapters or power boards
- Never leave children unattended near candles, matches, or electric heaters and flammable items
- Always handle open flames with care and extinguish them before you leave the room or go to bed
- If you have a fire place make sure the chimney is kept clean with a screen in front of it
- Never leave cooking unattended and always be alert and aware of what’s on the stove
- Always make sure you have an evacuation plan prepared and practised in case of a fire.
Find out more at – ://www.masterelectricians.com.au/page/Consumers/Electrical_tips/Electrical_safety/Winter_Fire_Safety_Checklist/