How to Avoid Common Electrical Fire Hazards This Winter
Although we do not have white winters in Queensland, the months of June to August are still chilly compared to other seasons. Therefore, most of us still use various heating materials to make our indoors more comfortable.
In this blog, we will share with you some ways to avoid fire hazards this winter.
Use indoor heating equipment responsibly
Heating appliances are among the major causes of fire hazard at home. Since they emit heat energy, these appliances tend to overheat if used incorrectly. Also, you have to take extra precaution when using some heating appliances as they are not advisable for certain situations. Here’s what you need to know with some of the most common residential heating appliances:
A bar heater is an electric device with heating rods that diffuses heat to the room when turned on. It’s similar to the heat rods used in our oven toasters. The bar heater works fast and is effective in making the room warm. However, it cost quite a toll on your energy bill. Moreover, it is not advisable to use a bar heater for a long time as it tends to overheat. So it is best to turn it off before going to bed.
Fan-Heat-Light for Bathrooms
If you do not want to be bothered by the chill after stepping out of the shower, installing a fan-heat-light device in your bathroom is convenient. This three-in-one heating system can serve as an exhaust fan, heating appliance, and lighting. It is generally safe to use this device in your bathroom, just keep in mind to let a qualified electrician do the installation. Never try to install this device on your own to avoid short circuit and electrocution.
Electric blankets are a very comfortable sleeping aid during winter. This special blanket may be in the form of an over blanket, underblanket, or duvet. The blanket has wirings inside to produce warmth. However, you should never use an electric blanket overnight to avoid electrocution and electric burns. Pregnant women should also refrain from using this.
Use reverse split type air conditioner as an alternative
Should you want a smart way to keep your room warm during the winter season, an AC with a reverse feature is the best option. A reverse split type air conditioner can be used as a typical cooling system in its usual cycle. This is a better alternative because it makes use of the warm air outdoors to heat your room. This makes it a sustainable and energy-efficient option.
Use a ceiling fan instead of a patio heater
We also prefer to keep our patio, verandah, and balcony warm during the winter season. Although using a patio heater can be more effective, it is not entirely energy-efficient. A patio heater is very similar to a bar heater, the only difference is it has more heating capacity because it is designed for outdoor use. So for a more energy-saving method, you can use your ceiling fan instead.
Did you know that ceiling fans can warm your outdoor spaces during winter? By setting it in a clockwise direction and running it in a low cycle, you can direct the warm air down to your patio. It requires less energy consumption and is safer when it comes to fire hazards.
Fire hazards should be addressed promptly, especially now that the winter season has finally started. For better protection, it is also recommended to install fire alarms inside your home. This will help in the early detection of fire and is effective in preventing the accident.