Don’t Be Lax This Winter: Safety Precautions to Prevent Workplace Winter Fires

24 June 2021

Winter is here and that implies products like heaters, electric blankets, hot water bottles and heat packs are emerging from storage or being bought. These products don’t just represent a safety hazard whenever utilised or stored incorrectly, they can become dangerous when utilised together, or with other products. Each winter, there are more than 1000 fires, from which around 200 fire-related wounds happen. A fire can take hold in three minutes, yet it just takes seconds to prevent one.

Below are safety precautions to prevent workplace winter fires.

Smoke Alarms

Test your smoke alarm is working each month. Supplant your alert battery consistently. Supplant your smoke alert like clockwork. On the off chance that you move to another house, check the caution — the date of manufacture ought to be shown on the smoke alert.

Hot Water Bottles

Hot water bottles are generally utilised for warmth or to help ease torment. They are manufactured from rubber or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and can deteriorate with age. Every year, 200 individuals in Australia are treated for genuine consumption from utilising hot water bottles. Don’t pack or utilise bubbling water in your hot water bottle — utilise hot tap water. Once filled, keep away from direct contact with your skin — utilise a fitted cover or wrap the bottle before use. Never leave on one body part for over 20 minutes.

Wheat/Heat Packs

If you buy a wheat pack, adhere to the heating instructions and never heat more than instructed. Custom made wheat packs can represent a fire and injury hazard because the moisture content and volume of these sacks isn’t known so there are no heating times to control you. Maturing causes the natural fillings inside wheat packs to dry out and become more combustible.

Try not to heat and place the wheat pack on or in bedding. Blankets trap the product’s heat and may make it ignite. Permit the wheat pack to cool completely each time before reheating. On the off chance that you notice a consuming smell, let the pack cool and discard the sack — it is not, at this point protected to utilise.


Heaters should be checked each year, regardless of how old they are. Ensure there are no uncovered wires or free connections on the links. Just utilise one apparatus for every force point and switch each off when not being used. Gas heaters must be vented adequately as the carbon monoxide delivered when the gas is burnt is scentless, dull and destructive. It is particularly important to have gas heaters adjusted routinely by a certified tradesperson to guarantee that there are no carbon monoxide spills.

Heaters ought to be put on a flat, level surface. Keep heaters well obvious from items that might consume. At least one-meter leeway from clothes, bedding, furniture, curtains and other combustibles is suggested.