MEA releases top seven safety tips for your home this winter

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4 May 2015

As the temperature drops, most of us want nothing more than to dive back under the covers!

So Master Electricians Australia (MEA) is today urging Australians to take extra precautions now by checking all electrical appliances, such as electric blankets.

MEA Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Richards said as the weather changes, it’s essential that all home owners take a few precautionary steps before tragedy strikes.

“Be on alert for electrical appliances that have sat unused throughout the summer months - make sure all equipment is clean and free of dust and build-up before turning them on, and check electrical plugs to make sure they are secure,” Mr Richards said.

Data from all Australian Fire Services show that during the cooler months, there is an increased risk of house fires due to higher use of electrical appliances. Sadly, this in turn results in an increased mortality rate from house fires.

“We don’t want to see any homes going up in flames due to electrical faults or inadequate safety measures. You can never be too vigilant in order to protect your loved ones from harm’s way,” he said.

To help identify electrical risks, MEA has developed a simple checklist that all residents can follow.

“The first step is to make sure your appliances actually meet Australian standards. As we’ve seen so many times in the past, cheap imported products that don’t comply can be deadly.

“This doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to keep yourself warm, but it is important to take Australian safety standards seriously.

MEA is also warning to check all appliances for damage.

“Anything that you suspect may be past its prime, including electric blankets and heaters, should be thrown away and replaced,” he said.

“And as we’ve seen time and time before, safety switches can save lives – so ensure you have safety switches on all circuits, which may prevent wiring from causing a fire.”  

View the Winter Fire Safety Checklist here. If you are in need of an electrical contractor, contact your local Master Electrician on 1300 889 198.


Master Electricians Australia CEO Malcolm Richards is available for interviews.

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