Starting to feel that winter chill in the mornings? We know it doesn’t feel like it on a lovely sunny day like today, but winter is on it’s way… time for footy, hot chocolate and cosy knitted woollens!
Here in Melbourne, winter is also the time when our home heating systems get dusted off, whether that’s a gas ducted heating, wood stove or portable electric oil heater. But… did you know that more deaths occur during winter months due to fireplaces or heating systems causing a house fire?
So, in the lead up to the cooler weather, we thought we’d run through a few simple things you can do to keep you and your family safe this winter.
#1 – Get Your Heating System Serviced
If your heating system hasn’t been checked by a qualified professional for a while, then now’s the time to do it. Only use reputable technicians – you can usually find recommendations for your local area online – and get your heating system checked and serviced, including any portable heaters you might have.
#2 – Check Around Fireplaces, Ducts and Units
Placing clothing or other items too close the heating units is one of the major causes of house fires. Make sure any heating element is clear of anything flammable, including curtains, furniture and even pets!
#3 – Check Your Fire Safety Equipment is Up to Date
If you have a wood fire stove of any description, then we highly recommend storing a fire extinguisher nearby in case of any incidents. Small fire extinguishers can be found at hardware stores, or we can supply them for your home and vehicle. Being able to fight a fire before professional fire crews arrive, can mean the difference between life and death. Of course, in most cases you should evacuate your home if there is a fire.