As the temperature rises, it’s only natural to want to spend more time outdoors. Whether it’s lounging by the pool, grilling up some delicious food on the barbecue, or simply enjoying the cool comfort of your air conditioner, there’s no shortage of ways to make the most of your home’s outdoor amenities.
However, it’s important to remember that with these luxuries comes a certain level of responsibility. Specifically, you need to prioritize fire safety and ensure that your home is equipped to handle any unforeseen emergencies that may arise. By taking these precautions, you can enjoy your outdoor oasis with peace of mind, knowing that you’re doing everything in your power to keep your family and your home safe.
Here Are Some Tips To Ensure You Home Is Fire Safe In The Upcoming Summer Months:
- Change batteries once a year.
- Fit an alarm in each bedroom of the house.
- Position smoke alarms as per the manufacturer’s’ instructions.
- Replace batteries when alarm signals batteries are low.
- Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.
- Test your alarm once a month.
Escape Plan For The Family
Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year. With young kids in mind, try to make it a fun activity, but also emphasise the importance and seriousness of fire. It is vital to make sure you have your way out in case a fire breaks out.
Nothing is more important than making sure each and everyone’s life is safe.
Don’t leave anything cooking or open flames unattended. Don’t leave children in the kitchen while you’re cooking. If possible turn off the burner or oven if you need to leave the house or get caught up in a phone call. Do not install power points near kitchen sinks or water supplies. Keep a fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen.
Check for possible gas leaks and make sure you schedule your annual courtesy inspection.
Don’t Overload Power
Try to avoid plugging too many things into power-points, and avoid using numerous adapters. Where need be, installing additional power-points around the home is the best option. Always ask assistance from a licensed electrician when you want to install additional power points so you can position them in the safest area in the house.
Check The BBQ
Whether it’s gas, electric or wood, it is important to make sure it is in safe working order before lighting, and even more important that a responsible adult is using it. Supervise children when cooking around the grill.
If you live in a bushfire prone area it is important to keep the ground and gutters clear of any leaves or debris, which is something that should be considered year round.
Our licensed electricians are available to assist with any work you require around the home, whether it’s additional power points or ensuring smoke alarms and other fire safety equipment is installed or made available.
We serve areas in Canberra, Newcastle, Central Coast, Hunter Valley, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens.
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