26 September 2023

Warm weather warning on cold weather heaters

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Householders have been advised to take care recovering their heating appliances for the cold weather ahead as items such as electric blankets and heaters may have changed over the warm season and be faulty and dangerous when resurrected for then cold.

According to Energex, new single electric blankets and heaters can be bought for as little as $30 so it asks “is using a damaged one worth risking a life for?”

According to Energex each year many electric shocks and fires that could be easily avoided are caused by faulty electrical heating equipment.

Safety Manager at Energex, Mick Bobin said that for most of the year heating appliances are stored out of sight in sheds, ceiling spaces and in cupboards and it is here they can suffer damage becoming a serious safety risk.

“Before plugging in heaters or electric blankets this winter it’s crucial people check for signs of damage such as frayed cords, exposed wires, damaged plugs and any other obvious dangers,” Mr Bobin said.

“If the appliance does have signs of damage you’re best either having it repaired by a qualified technician or simply thrown away because it’s not worth risking the life of a loved one by using something that can cost as little as $30 to replace.”

Mr Bobin said house fires caused by electrical heating equipment can also occur unless preventions are in place.

“Heaters and electric blankets should always be switched off before you leave the room or go to sleep, and children should never be left unsupervised with these appliances running,” he said.

“Never place heaters near combustible items such as curtains, furniture or clothes as they may catch fire, and never use heaters in wet areas such as bathrooms or where they can be knocked over by people or pets.”

Mr bobbin said that once winter is over heaters and electric blankets should be stored safely away in a dry area (where they) cannot be damaged by sharp objects or rodents.”

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