Media Release

CAIRNS HOME FIRE ALERT – FIRE RISKS LURK IN HOMES

With high pre-summer temperatures already upon Cairns and surrounding areas, Sure Insurance is cautioning householders to ensure all fans, air conditioners and cooling appliances are safe to use.

Managing Director of Sure Insurance, Bradley Heath said residents need to be aware of the potential fire risks posed by cooling devices, particularly those that have been stored and may be overdue for a safety check.

“Faulty electrical appliances, especially poorly maintained or incorrectly used cooling appliances, are the cause of many home fires,” said Mr Heath.

“Cairns residents should also be careful when it comes to the safety of ceiling fans which are often left on 24 hours, seven day a week across the summer months. The bearings in ceiling fans can overheat and be the cause of fire that can spread quickly into the home roof.

“It’s important residents check home cooling equipment is safe to operate. Improperly installed, damaged or misused equipment are frequent sources of preventable home fire incidents.

“Before switching on these types of appliances, residents should check for damaged cords, and blocked filters particularly in older equipment,” Mr Heath said.

Sure also cautioned householders to be careful when buying second-hand electrical appliances to thoroughly check the appliance for safety.

Sure Insurance home cooling safety tips:

  • Never attempt to fix or service electrical equipment yourself. Take appliances to a licensed electrician for all repairs.
  • Check for damaged or exposed power points. Don’t use them – have them inspected and repaired by a licensed electrician.
  • Check for frayed or damaged electrical cords on appliances. If damaged – don’t use the appliance – have it inspected and repaired by a licensed electrician.
  • If an electrical appliance emits any odour or smoke, immediately turn it off at the power point and have it inspected and repaired by a licensed electrician.
  • Inspect and regularly clean filters on air conditioners.
  • Always switch off the appliance, turn it off at the power point and disconnect the cord when the appliance is not in use.
  • Never leave an operating appliance, especially ceiling fans unattended for a long period of time or in operation while you’re not at home.
  • Ensure home smoke alarms are operational.

To arrange an interview with Bradley Heath or for further information please contact Mike Sopinski at Sure Insurance on 0421 052 598.

What to do in an emergency

If you’re in a life threatening emergency, call 000 or your local SES on 132 500 first.

If it’s not life threatening, report any loss to the police and keep a list of any items stolen or damaged.

Next, contact our team on 1300 392 535.

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