Fire safety cru­cial in colder months

Be vig­i­lant about po­ten­tial burn­ing haz­ards at home

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS WELCOME - Adam McCleery

WITH the cold weather set­tling into the North Bur­nett, re­gional fire­fight­ers are en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to be safe and check their heat­ing ap­pli­ances closely be­fore use.

North Bur­nett QFES con­troller Archie An­drews said the small in­con­ve­nience of check­ing your house­hold elec­tri­cal goods and heaters thor­oughly was far out­weighed by the ben­e­fit.

“As far as elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances go peo­ple need to have a very good look over them to make sure there has been no de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in the equip­ment,” Mr An­drews said.

“Things like the ex­ten­sion leads, plugs and other things that feed into the ap­pli­ances, any doubt about the qual­ity at all we en­cour­age peo­ple to call a pro­fes­sional elec­tri­cian to check it.

“One for safety and two for the po­ten­tial fire as­pect, we need to know things are op­er­at­ing per their de­sign.”

Mr An­drews said peo­ple should test their safety switches to en­sure they work.

“Peo­ple don’t of­ten do that but you should check to see it is op­er­at­ing cor­rectly and prove that safety mech­a­nism is in place,” he said.

Other haz­ards Mr An­drews high­lighted were dry­ing clothes near heaters as well as chil­dren’s py­ja­mas, which are po­ten­tially flammable. He also rec­om­mended check­ing smoke alarm bat­ter­ies.

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