Household tips to save the cold

by John J. Williams

With the winter months approaching and cold and stormy weather expected on the state’s doorstep, Building and Energy have gathered ten safety tips to ensure the community survives until spring.

Under the wise guidance of the Executive Director of Construction and Energy, Saj Abdoolakhan, he has released the safety tips advising homeowners and house dwellers that while it is important to keep ourselves and our families warm, we must protect them by taking into account the highest safety of Construction and Energy tips.Household tips to save the cold

“The new season reminds you to check your electric and gas appliances before using them, be aware of additional mold growth, and ensure your property is prepared for rain, hail, and wind,” said Mr. Abdoolakhan.

“We urge consumers to follow these simple steps and checks to keep their homes safe during the winter.”

gas appliances

Have your gas heater serviced by a recognized gas fitter…

The new season reminds you to check your electrical and gas appliances before using them, watch for additional mold growth, and make sure your property is prepared for rain, hail, and wind.

Provide adequate ventilation in the room with indoor gas heaters…

Carbon monoxide can form when gas does not burn properly due to a faulty appliance or lack of fresh air in an enclosed space. Never use exhaust fans simultaneously as a gas stove with an open flue; this can draw carbon monoxide into living areas.

Always use outdoor or portable gas appliances in the open air…

Outdoor and portable gas appliances, such as patio heaters, camping equipment, and barbecues, must be labeled “outdoor use only” and should never be used in tents, caravans, RVs, homes, or other enclosed spaces, even if the valves, doors, or windows are open.

Electrical equipment

Check your smoke detectors and RCDs…

Smoke alarms can only provide protection when they are working, so it is vital that they are tested monthly and the battery replaced every year. Smoke detectors should be replaced every ten years.

Look for the RCM on all electrical products…

Ensure electrical appliances, such as electric blankets and heaters, bear the Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) before using them. Be careful when buying electric blankets and heaters from abroad or online. If an electrical product does not carry the RCM, it is not approved for sale in Australia.”

Examine electrical appliances stored…

Electric blankets and heaters are often stored for most of the year. Check for wear before using them this winter. Beware of frayed power cords, worn electric blankets, and r Replace coverings over ten years old.

Building and property security

Watch out for mold growth…

Winter months can lead to increased conditions that encourage mold growth due to rainfall, cold temperatures, and the use of stoves and clothes dryers.

Limit the moisture produced by bathrooms and dryers by regularly opening doors and windows, especially when using a dryer.

Packing or tying up loose items outside…

Loose items outside the house can become airborne in high winds and must be stowed or tied up.

Remove vegetation from power lines…

Serious fires, accidents, and power failures can occur if vegetation is not controlled or kept from overhead power lines. Property owners should check that the vegetation within their property boundary is clear of power lines.

Call a network operator if you see a fallen or damaged power line….

In the event of a fallen power line or vegetation over an overhead power line, immediately call triple-zero (000) and wait for the grid operator to clear the area.

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