25 September 2023

Winter warning on heater danger

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The Minister for Emergency Services has issued a warning to the community to take care using heaters and clothes dryers now that winter has arrived.

The Minister, Mick Gentleman said ACT Fire and Rescue attended around 250 house fires each year with the incidence of heaters and dryers being the cause more than doubling this time of year, making up 35 per cent of incidents in July.

“Our firefighters encourage you to take simple steps in your home to reduce the risk of fire and to ensure you have a working smoke alarm,” Mr Gentleman said.

He set out some basic rules to follow when using a heater or clothes dryer.

“Clean the lint filter in the clothes dryer before use every time; make sure the heater is dust free; never turn on a heater or clothes dryer and leave the house; (and) stop using the appliance if it’s making unusual noises or not functioning properly,” he said.

He said finally, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions especially during installation.

“This is also an important reminder to ensure you and those in your household are familiar with your Home Fire Escape Plan,” Mr Gentleman said.

He said more information and tips on how to prepare the home for winter and ensure the safety of all occupants, could be found at the ACT Emergency Services Agency’s website.

Its home fire safety page can be accessed at this PS News link.

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