The months are flying by, the seasons are starting to change and that means the temperatures are dropping with nights getting colder.

For many, this means bringing out the heaters that have been packed away for six months or throwing the electric blanket on the bed. With this comes the increased risk of fire in the home.

Before using anything that has been in storage or just not used for some time, it is a good idea to look for damage to cords, plugs and the overall fitness for use of the item.

If you are unsure if it should be used, either get it checked out or throw it away. Also, when getting out these items, think about where you are going to plug it in. Don’t just add an extra power board or add a double adapter to a power board. Really think about rearranging electrical units and devices to ensure the plugs are not overloaded.

In the first half of 2021 there were 368 residential structure fire calls across Queensland and 26 of those were in Logan.

While it is not always an electrical device that starts a fire, the most common being the kitchen at 47.2 per cent, it is imperative that fire safety is on the top of everyone’s mind. 

With the kitchen being so dangerous and the leading cause of house fires, 8 per cent started in the sleeping area, 4.9 per cent started in the lounge room, 4.7 per cent started in the laundry and bathroom and 25.9 per cent started in other areas of the home.

Louie Naumovski from Logan House Fire Support Network said it is a timely reminder of the old saying ‘Don’t stop looking while you’re cooking’.

“We urge everyone to take extra care around the home and check that your smoke alarms are in working order and do not leave candles unattended.

“With winter approaching be careful with using old heaters and make sure to never overload a power board or use any electrical device with a broken or frayed power cord.

“Please, we urge you be careful as we do not want to meet you at the scene of your fire.”

In the residential structure fires across the state, seven people have lost their lives. While the amount is low compared to the number of fires, it is still seven too many.

As part of your process to inspect heaters, electric blankets, and other heating items, remember to check that your smoke alarms are working and that you have fire extinguishers and fire blankets that are in date.  

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