As it is getting colder and with winter just around the corner, we thought it would be timely to remind everyone about a couple of things you can do to ensure your family stays safe during the winter months.
Ensure products used meet Australian Standards, are not damaged and haven’t been recalled. https://www.productsafety.gov.au/
Make sure your smoke alarms are working and that they are up to code!
If you are planning to use an electric blanket (we don’t recommend it), make sure they have been checked, are in good condition and haven’t been recalled. According to ACCC, over 400,000 electric blankets have been recalled since 2010 but only 10% have been returned. These include electric blankets sold nationally by ALDI, Woolworths, Myer, Retravision, BIG W, Kmart and others.
Ensure electric heaters are used according to instructions and are not kept too close to other objects (see instructions for specific details).
Turn your heaters off as you leave the room and/or house.
Do not piggyback cords on double adapters or power boards.
Do not use wheat bags/packs to warm your bed. They are not intended to be used as bed warmers.
Inspect your hot water bottles for any cracks or signs of wear and tear. If you are using them to warm up your bed, make sure you remove them prior to stepping into bed.
Candles – handle with care and make sure to extinguish them when leaving the room and before going to bed. Make sure you store matches and lighters well away from the reach of children.
Never leave children unattended around candles, fire places, heaters or any other flammable items.
If you are planning to use a fire place, make sure the chimney is kept clean with a screen in-front of it.
Always make sure you have an established fire evacuation plan that has been practiced and that everyone in the family is aware of.
The above will hopefully give you some pointers as to what you can do to ensure everyone stays safe throughout winter. However, please do your own research and setup a plan that works for your household.