With winter well on the way, attention is turning to how we can prepare our homes for the colder weather. Low temperatures aren’t the only issue we face over June, July and August: fire hazards are a concern too.
Let’s start by running through some common winter-related fire dangers you’ll want to avoid.
During the winter months, it can be tempting to dry clothes on electric heaters. After all, it makes sense: heaters evaporate moisture from your clothes, allowing them to dry out faster than leaving them on the rack. But drying clothes this way is dangerous and the cause of many house fires.
This method of drying creates condensation and could cause property damage and mould spores to grow and release into the air, aggravating allergy, and asthma symptoms.
If possible, either use a regular dryer or, if you don’t have one, use an indoor rack in a well-ventilated space, away from your main living area.
Proper operation of your heat pump will not only save energy, but it can also reduce the risk of fire.
A thorough heat pump service includes:
Critically, it also tests for correct electric terminals – a potential fire hazard if not properly calibrated.
A flue is simply a passage for conveying exhaust gases from an appliance to the outdoors. A flue may be a duct, pipe, vent, or chimney and require a clean and safety check. Unfortunately, over time, they can become impregnated with a flammable substance called creosote. At low levels, this substance rarely combusts. However, at higher concentrations, it can suddenly spark, leading to a flue fire.
The good news is that there is a simple solution: clean out your wood heaters regularly. Get them professionally serviced at least once per year, particularly in the run-up to winter.
Cleaning and servicing your heating
In Tasmania, winter temperatures plummet below 5 degrees C. So here are some of our quickfire tips for keeping your house warm as the colder weather approaches:
How can I cut down on my heating costs?
There are some simple things that you can do:
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