Cooler Weather? Keep Safe Staying Warm


  • Check your heater every winter to ensure it is safe to use.
  • Inspect the electrical cables and make sure there are no exposed wires or loose connections.
  • Only use one appliance per power point and turn off when not in use.
  • Gas heaters must be vented adequately because the carbon monoxide produced when the gas is burnt is odourless, colourless, and deadly.
  • Have your gas heater serviced regularly by a qualified tradesperson to ensure there are no carbon monoxide leaks.

Remember these heater safety tips:

  • Heaters should be placed on a flat and level surface;
  • Never use a gas heater or BBQ made for outdoor use inside your home;
  • Always supervise children and pets when heaters are in use;
  • Keep heaters clear from items that might burn – keeping a minimum of 1m clearance from clothes, bedding, furniture, curtains, and other combustibles is recommended.

Electric blankets

  • Inspect the electric blanket before use and look for frayed fabric, exposed elements, damaged cords or scorch marks.
  • If you notice any damage to the electric blanket, throw it away. Damaged or faulty electric blankets can cause an electric shock or fire hazard.
  • Once winter is over, roll the electric blanket up and store it in a clean and dry place as the manufacturer recommends.

Electric blanket safety tips keep in mind:

  • Check before use as the cords should not be frayed and the blanket covering the wires should not be worn out;
  • Don’t sleep with your electric blanket on – warm the bed and then turn it off;
  • Never place heavy items on your bed when the electric blanket is turned on;
  • Seek advice about using an electric blanket if you have diabetes or are pregnant.

Backyard Fires

  • Before you start a fire check for current fire bans. Visit the Fire Bans and Restrictions website or call the Free Call Fire Ban line on 1800 020 440.
  • Check with Council to see if there are any local laws which prohibit the lighting of fire on your property, the positioning of the fire, and if it must be contained within a brazier, fire pit, or similar device.
  • Make yourself aware of any smoke nuisance laws and restrictions in the area. Council may issue fines for noncompliance.

Don’t forget your fire safety:

  • Never leave children unattended around the fire;
  • Never leave the fire unattended. Someone must be with the fire to monitor it at all times, and to make sure it has been completely extinguished.
  • When extinguishing the fire use water to put out your fire once you have finished with it – never use sand or dirt to put out your fire as the fire will stay hot for a long time which could cause serious injuries.
  • Do not put hot coals into garden beds or other areas where they may catch alight.

For other household tips for staying safe during winter head to the Queensland Government website or check out more fire safety on the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service website

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