Cold conditions can result in fire dangers in the home. According to Victoria’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB), more home fires occur during winter than at any other time of the year.
Seven simple steps can prevent most heater-related fires
Avoid the use of portable heaters where possible;
Keep anything that can burn at least one meter from heating equipment;
Have a one meter “child-free zone” around heaters;
Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment;
Have heating equipment inspected every 1-2 years by a qualified professional (see Gas Heater Hazards);
Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed;
Test smoke alarms at least once per month.
Gas Heater Hazards
Do you have a gas heater at home or work?
Faulty or poorly maintained gas heaters can leak carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide can be lethal as it can’t be seen and has no smell. Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen in any building with gas heating appliances, including newer ones.
Every year Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) run a campaign called “Cold Feet” to remind that all types of gas heaters should be serviced at least every two years. This includes wall units, central heating units, space heaters and gas log fires.