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Urgent Heating Warning Ahead of Cold Spring

August 29, 2022

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The house fire death toll in New South Wales has climbed to 13, more than triple last winter, with fears the number will rise as eastern Australia’s long winter continues.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a cold and wet spring, meaning many households are still reaching for the heaters and electric blankets.

Standards Australia has issued an urgent warning, particularly to residents in South-eastern states, to ensure they are only buying electric blankets, and other heating devices, that meet Australian Standards (AS/NZS 3350.2.17:2000).

However, with the increased cost of living highlighted by growing inflation and interest rates, there is concern consumers may look for cheaper home heating appliances, such as electric blankets, by shopping online or purchasing while overseas.

“With the cost-of-living soaring, there is the temptation to buy cheaply manufactured heating appliances, but when it comes to the safety of you and your loved ones, it is not worth cutting corners,” Standards Australia General Manager, Engagement and Communications, Adam Stingemore, said.

“Purchasing, and using, electrical heating items that do not meet Australia’s strict standards represents a critical risk to consumers, their families, and their homes.

“We don’t want to see any more lives lost. As the temperatures stays down over the coming months, we urge people to check the label on all the heating devices in their homes to see if they are made to a relevant standard.”

There have been more than 500 residential house fires since June 1 and Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) says the causes vary from heaters to electrical issues.

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Commissioner Paul Baxter says most of these fires have been ‘preventable’.

Contact
Jess Dunne
Urgent Heating Warning Ahead of Cold Spring
+ 61 2 9237 6381
Email and link here

The house fire death toll in New South Wales has climbed to 13, more than triple last winter, with fears the number will rise as eastern Australia’s long winter continues.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a cold and wet spring, meaning many households are still reaching for the heaters and electric blankets.

Standards Australia has issued an urgent warning, particularly to residents in South-eastern states, to ensure they are only buying electric blankets, and other heating devices, that meet Australian Standards (AS/NZS 3350.2.17:2000).

However, with the increased cost of living highlighted by growing inflation and interest rates, there is concern consumers may look for cheaper home heating appliances, such as electric blankets, by shopping online or purchasing while overseas.

“With the cost-of-living soaring, there is the temptation to buy cheaply manufactured heating appliances, but when it comes to the safety of you and your loved ones, it is not worth cutting corners,” Standards Australia General Manager, Engagement and Communications, Adam Stingemore, said.

“Purchasing, and using, electrical heating items that do not meet Australia’s strict standards represents a critical risk to consumers, their families, and their homes.

“We don’t want to see any more lives lost. As the temperatures stays down over the coming months, we urge people to check the label on all the heating devices in their homes to see if they are made to a relevant standard.”

There have been more than 500 residential house fires since June 1 and Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) says the causes vary from heaters to electrical issues.

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Commissioner Paul Baxter says most of these fires have been ‘preventable’.

Contact
Jess Dunne
Communications Manager
+ 61 2 9237 6381
jess.dunne@standards.org.au
Adam Stingemore
General Manager, Engagement and Communications
+61 2 9237 6086
Chris Larsen
Senior Manager Communications & Design
+ 0431 900 712
Jess Dunne
Communications Manager
+ 61 2 9237 6381