Winter is upon us and that first cold snap always takes us by surprise. We drag out the heater and electric blankets which have been stored for the past nine months and turn them on. Some of these appliances work, some don’t. Be careful.
Essential Energy’s Regional Manager Northern, Mark Summers, reminds us that “heaters or electric blankets which had been in storage should be inspected and cleaned before use”.
According to Fire & Rescue NSW, 30% of household fire occur in winter. And many of these fires are caused by faulty appliances. Simple steps such as checking electrical appliances for loose connections, frayed cords and exposed wiring will help keep you and your family safe. The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services suggest that all electrical appliances should be regularly checked by a licensed electrician.
Winter is also a good time to check batteries in smoke and fire alarms.
All electric blankets sold in Australia must comply with strict safety standards. However, careless use can cause electric shock, fire, possibly even death. Most accidents are caused by misuse or by blankets which are worn and old and have not been checked regularly. Here are some simple rules provided by Queensland Fire and Emergency
Many of the same rule apply to heaters.
Above all stay safe.