Hot tips for safe heater use this winter

Posted on May 28, 2013 by admin

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With the official start to winter just around the corner, people are dusting off their old heaters and electric blankets, but like at the start of each cooler season we urge people to heed warnings surrounding safe use of heaters and electric blankets and water bottles. But what can you do to ensure that you stay warm and safe when using these appliances this year? We give our top ‘hot tips’ in our latest blog post.

Tips when using an existing heaters and electric blankets

-Never leave an electric heater unattended for an extended period and ensure that it’s unplugged when not in use.
-Avoid using extension cords with electric heaters as this can cause overheating and lead to a fire
-Never attempt to dry clothes directly in front of a heater as this is a fire hazard and keep all other materials that are flammable at least 3 feet away from the heater.
-Avoid using any heater or electric blankets with frayed or worn power cords.
-Ensure all cleaning of heaters and electric blankets are cleaned as per the manufacturer’s instructions
-Older heaters that with rusted grilles or reflector are more at risk of creating ‘hotspots’ which are more of a fire risk.
-Do not place your heater on furniture such as table tops, coffee tables or couches.

Tips for buying a new heater

If you’re in the market for a new heater this winter like many people will be here’s what to remember:

-Look for heaters with safety features such as tip over and overheating protection.
-When buying a heater make sure it is manufactured to national standards. This means looking for an approval mark or sticker on the side or body of the heater. This will be a sequence of numbers. To see examples click here. Never buy a heater without an approval number as it could be unsafe and unauthorised for sale under Electrical Consumer Safety Act, 2004.

What else do I need to know about safety regarding winter heating products?

-Hot water bottles don’t last forever and the rubber can become weak, causing a hazard. Consider replacing every two years.

-Never attempt to repair any heating appliances or electrical appliances yourself. Instead contact a licensed electrical contractor.

-Store electric blankets where the wires cannot be impacted by heavier items placed on top or in a way that causes the internal electrics to become bent, twisted or kinked.

-Avoid using heating lamps in combination with an exhaust fan and regular lights if there is evidence of a burning smell. Call your electrician to organise replacing the components.

-Ensure all smoke alarms in the property are working properly with new batteries.

When it comes to safe electrical use this winter all ways use common sense and most importantly never leave heaters on overnight while you are asleep or out of the home. To be proactive about electrical safety in your home, install a safety switch and the team of domestic electricians at North Gold Coast Electrical do an inspection and check the internal wiring of your home today. To find out more call the Gold’s Coast commercial and domestic electricians with powerful expertise, and who know electrical safety inside out. Phone (07) 5500 0222