Complacency at home could risk your life: RACQ

RACQ research has revealed an alarming number of Queenslanders were risking lives by not performing simple safety checks on heating appliances in their homes.

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RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton said more than 85 percent of people surveyed did not regularly inspect their electric or oil heaters putting their homes at risk of fire.

“It’s very concerning most people surveyed said they only checked their heaters if they noticed a problem with them,” Ms Clinton said.

“Often heaters haven’t been used since last winter but are now swiftly being pulled out of storage as the days and nights get cooler.

“You can never be sure an appliance hasn’t suffered any damage while in storage unless you check it out.”

Ms Clinton said research found reverse cycle air conditioning was the preferred heating option but still 78 percent admitted to not checking their system regularly, if at all.

“It doesn’t take much time to check your air-conditioner is in good working order, but it’s a check that could save you in the long-term,” she said.

Ms Clinton said research also found 70 percent of people surveyed had smoke alarms installed, but 12 percent had failed to test them in over a year.

“It’s the beginning of winter so why not use it as a prompt to check the status of your smoke alarms,” she said.

“We don’t ever want to hear of home fire fatalities from something so simple as not having and maintaining a smoke alarm.”