Homeowners urged to check their electrical safety as winter ramps up

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Master Electricians

Master Electricians Australia (MEA) is urging homeowners to be vigilant when it comes to electrical safety as temperatures drop and winter ramps up.

Data from all Australian Fire Services show an increased risk of house fires in winter due to higher usage rates of electrical appliances.

MEA CEO Kate Raymond said that as we hit the peak of winter, it’s essential that all households take a few precautionary steps to safeguard against electrical accidents.

“As temperatures continue to fall, there are a few straightforward measures homeowners can do to keep themselves safe as winter ramps up,” Ms Raymond said.

“During the colder months there is an increased use of electrical appliances, unfortunately this also means there’s an increase in household electrical incidents.

“That’s why MEA has developed a simple checklist to help homeowners identify and mitigate electrical risks as we hit the peak winter period.”

To keep your home safe this winter, homeowners should:

  • Make sure all items meet Australian standards and are not damaged. If they are, 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 practiced in case of a fire.

Ms Raymond also advised homeowners to leave electrical maintenance to the professionals.

“If you do find an appliance that needs maintenance, never attempt electrical jobs yourself – leave it to a licensed electrician,” she said.

“Households that follow our safety tips and only engage qualified professionals for maintenance works are maximising their home’s electrical safety during the winter months.”

 

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