“Householders must maintain home heating equipment in a safe operating condition even when the appliance is not in use. Improperly installed, damaged or misused equipment are frequent sources of preventable fire incidents.
“Before switching on heating appliances, householders should check for any damage to the unit and electrical cord. Also, make sure the filter is clear of lint or other combustible material. Care should be exercised when buying second-hand heaters to thoroughly check the unit for safety,” Mr Heath said.
- 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 clean filters on heaters.
- 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 unattended for a long period of time or in operation while you’re not at home.
- Install and maintain smoke alarms in the house – it’s the law.
“Through adopting these simple home safety practices the winter season will be safer for all Queensland householders,” Mr Heath said.
For further information please contact Mike Sopinski on 0421 052 598.