Wired Up For Safety
- Don't overload powerpoints with too many adaptors and power boards;
- If lights dim when you switch on an appliance, you are overloading.
- Generally, appliances should be switched off when not being used. Where practical switch off at the powerpoint.
- Televisions and computer monitors should be switched off using the on/off switch on the appliance and at the powerpoint. Fires have occurred in some TVs & monitors left in the standby mode.
- Check your fuses and wiring. Are they the right type and size? If your wiring is faulty, have it checked by a qualified electrician or contact Aurora Energy without delay.
- A damaged plug, cord, connection or insulation can cause a fire - Get rid of it or have it fixed.
- Never run cords under carpets, rugs or furniture because they can overheat and cause a fire.
- Leave blanket on the bed, never fold for storage as it may damage your blanket;
- Make sure your electric blanket is laid flat and tied firmly to the bed;
- Sleeping with your electric blanket on is extremely dangerous - as the blanket can over heat from your body weight and start a fire;
- Always switch it off your before going to bed or leaving the house;
- Placing heavy objects on your electric blanket can damage the wiring in the blanket and cause a fire; and
- Run your hand over the blanket periodically and if you suspect overheating, turn it off and have the blanket checked by an authorised repairer.
- Keep air vents free in televisions, video, stereo and other electrical equipment, as per manufacturers' recommendations.
- If an appliance should catch fire, switch it off at the power point (if safe to do so), leave the house and call "000"
For Further Information Contact:
Office of Electrical Standards & Safety 1300 366 322 or http://www.wst.tas.gov.au