Prevent fires in your clothes dryer this winter

Winter is here and as the temperature drops, Australians are starting to use their clothes dryers more, particularly in the southern states.

It’s important for families to be aware of the risks associated with cooler weather, and one of them is your clothes dryer. Over time, lint can build up in your clothes dryer and become a potential hazard. By cleaning the lint filter in the clothes dryer before, or after each use it may help to reduce the chance of a fire.

According to Fire & Rescue NSW, it can take just three minutes for a fire to take hold, but only seconds to prevent one (source). A detection device such as a smoke alarm, coupled with a fire escape plan can be life-saving.

Other winter tips regarding the use of heaters during winter

The use of heaters during winter greatly increases both the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and fire in the home. Quell suggest to help prevent fire risks this winter, ensure you have a working smoke alarm, that space heaters meet the latest safety standards, which would include having a cut off device, placing heaters on a hard, stable surface and turning heaters off when you leave an area or before going to bed.

Heaters also pose a CO risk if they are faulty or are being used incorrectly. Carbon monoxide, often called the ‘silent killer’ is a clear, tasteless and odourless substance that is produced from the incomplete combustion of gas. Quell recommends having your gas appliances checked by a qualified technician and ensuring that at least one CO alarm is present on each level of your home, ideally in or near any room with a fuel burning appliance (such as boiler, gas cooker, fireplace or heater).

National Consumer Manager at Quell, David Laundry says that the winter months can be a serious safety hazard if families are unprepared. “The lead up to winter is a great time, not only to check the fire alarms in your home are functioning, but also to research into what other fire safety equipment you may need in your home to protect your family in the best possible way.”

Keep you and your family safe this winter with Quell.

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