Queenslanders warned to check heaters before winter

Queenslanders are putting their homes at risk this winter, by not properly checking their heaters.

New RACQ research has revealed more than 50 percent of Queensland homes are at risk of fire, because heaters have been lying dormant for months before coming out for winter.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross says it’s important to check the heaters before they’re used again.


“Nearly half admitted to only looking closely if they could see something was obviously wrong.

“An alarming 13 percent said they never checked from one year to the next.

“You don’t know if your appliance has suffered damage while it’s been in storage.

“Dust build-up can lead to uneven heating while damaged cords create an electrical risk which could cause a fire.

“If you’re unsure if it’s safe, have a qualified electrician check it out,” Ms Ross said.

Ms Ross said 98 percent of people surveyed had smoke alarms installed, but 25 per cent hadn’t tested them in more than a year.

“While it’s great news the majority of Queensland homes have smoke alarms in their homes, they need to be checked regularly.

“We don’t ever want to hear of home fire fatalities which could have been prevented with something as simple as a working smoke alarm,” Ms Ross said.