The team at JDY Electrical in Goulburn share tips to stay safe this winter.
- Prior to use, consult the manufacturer's instructions for service and maintenance tips.
- Check that power cords and plugs are in good working condition with no kinks, frays or exposed wires.
- Vacuum any heater filters to remove any dust build-up before use.
- Avoid plugging into a powerboard, double adaptor or extension cord as this may overload and cause a fire.
- Don't leave your heater unattended, particularly in high traffic areas such as living rooms and hall ways or in the presence of babies and children.
- Ensure heaters are kept at least 1 metre away from wet clothing or potentially flammable material.
- Electric blankets that have not been properly stored or maintained can cause fires. So, before using an electric blanket that has been in storage, first inspect it for any noticeable damage - scorch marks, frayed/damaged cords or lumps due to folding.
- Next, test it by laying the blanket flat on a bed and switching it on. While the blanket is warming up, check for any hot spots. If there are hot spots, this is an indication of damage to the heating element and the blanket should be disposed of.
- Also, if the blanket is older it may not be up to current Australian Standards and it is probably worth considering a replacement.
- If you need help inspecting you electric blankets give us a call. (02) 4815 5954.
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- Did you know that 56 per cent of all house fires start in the kitchen? 43 per cent are in winter, and one third of house fires are caused by electrical faults; either faulty appliances or due to the lack of safety switches.
- Have you checked your smoke alarms comply with the Australian standards, are in good working order, and changed the battery this year?
- You can test your smoke alarms are working by simply pressing the test button in the middle.
- If you need help with smoke alarms give us a call. We are happy to help and have customer safety as our priority.
- If you have safety switches, it's important to test your safety switch regularly to ensure it is working properly. You can locate your safety switch in your switchboard (it will look like a circuit breaker, but will have a 'test' button on the front). You may find multiple safety switches in your switchboard and it's important to test them all.
- To test, simply press the 'test' or 'T' button and power should switch off immediately. To return power to your home, flick the switch back to the 'on' position. If you're switch doesn't change to the off position after pressing the 'test' button, call JDY Electrical to have it checked further.
- If you don't have safety switches we at JDY Electrical highly recommend you get them installed; they have the potential to save lives.