Sure Insurance managing director Bradley Heath says Mackay residents who store home cooling appliances should get them checked by a licensed electrician. Picture: File
Sure Insurance managing director Bradley Heath says Mackay residents who store home cooling appliances should get them checked by a licensed electrician. Picture: File

Mackay residents to check air-cons for fire dangers

WITH the hotter part of the year coming up, many people in Mackay are looking at ways of staying cool during summer time.

Sure Insurance managing director Bradley Heath said Mackay residents should be aware of the potential fire risks posed by home cooling appliances such as air-conditioners.

He said appliances that had been stored may need a safety check before being used.

“Faulty electrical appliances, especially poorly maintained or incorrectly used cooling appliances, are the cause of many home fires,” Mr Heath said.

“Mackay and Central Queensland residents should also be careful when it comes to the safety of ceiling fans which are often left on 24-hours, seven day a week across the summer months.

“The bearings in ceiling fans can overheat and be the cause of fire that can spread quickly into the roof.”

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He said it was important for residents to carry out safety checks on all cooling and electrical appliances before using for the first time as they had been identified as a contributing cause of house fires.

“Before switching on these types of appliances, residents should check for damaged cords, and blocked filters particularly in older equipment,” he said.

Sure Insurance advised homeowners to be careful when they bought second-hand appliances and to check if the appliance were safe to use.

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Sure Insurance recommends the following tips for electrical appliance safety:

1. Never attempt to fix or service electrical equipment yourself. Take appliances to a licensed electrician for all repairs.

Faulty devices should be taken to a licensed electrician for repairs. Picture: Sam Ruttyn
Faulty devices should be taken to a licensed electrician for repairs. Picture: Sam Ruttyn

2. Check for damaged or exposed power points. Don’t use them. Have them inspected and repaired by a licensed electrician.

3. Check for frayed or damaged electrical cords on appliances. If damaged, don’t use the appliance. Have it inspected and repaired by a licensed electrician.

Damaged or frayed cords should be checked by an electrician. Picture: File
Damaged or frayed cords should be checked by an electrician. Picture: File

4. Smokes or odours from an electrical appliance. If an electrical appliance emits any odour or smoke, immediately turn it off at the power point and have it inspected and repaired by a licensed electrician.

5. Inspect and regularly clean filters on air-conditioners

6. Switch it off. Always switch off the appliance at the power point and disconnect the cord when the appliance is not in use.

7. Don’t leave devices on. Never leave an operating appliance, especially ceiling fans, unattended for a long period of time or in operation while you’re not at home.

8. Ensure home smoke alarms are operational and legal

9. Check your home and contents insurance is current and up-to-date

Smokes alarms should be operational and up to legal standards. Picture: Tony Martin
Smokes alarms should be operational and up to legal standards. Picture: Tony Martin


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