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Home Living : July 14th 2009
8 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, July 14, 2009 Alarming fire stats in home Most fatal fires occur in the home and winter is a high fire-risk time -- a faulty electrical appliance or washing left too close to a heater could have disastrous consequences. Angus Kell, state manager of The Australian Institute of Architects' building advisory service, Archicentre, says fire authorities report that the three most common causes of winter fires are: Accidents or distractions from cooking in the kitchen; Fireplace- and heater-related incidents; and Electrical faults. Over the last 12 months, about 30 per cent of fires in homes started in the kitchen, with 11 per cent starting in the bedroom, 11 per cent starting in the loungeroom, and 4 per cent in the laundry. Cooking equipment or heating caused 20 per cent of these fires and 20 per cent were caused by electrical faults. ''There are around 11,000 house fires in Australia each year, resulting in the deaths of approximately 60 people, often children,'' Mr Kell says. ''Many homes damaged or destroyed by fire don't have working smoke alarms. ''In some cases, fire authorities have reported the batteries have been removed from the smoke alarm, rendering them inoperable.'' Mr Kell says many families owe their lives to working smoke alarms because people cannot smell smoke when they are asleep. ''You should test it weekly by pushing the test button with a broom handle to make sure it beeps,'' he says. ''Vacuum smoke alarms monthly to clean the vents and replace the battery annually at the end of daylight saving with a long-life alkaline battery.'' Details: www.archicentre.com.au HOMELIVING Restoration of... Antiques to Modern Furniture • French Polishing • Upholstery • Minor Repairs • Traditional & Modern Finishes 2117932i hln wk40 Dealer Licence No 187520C Authorised 2282858i hln wk41 PHONE NOW For a FREE in Home Quote WINTER REWARDS 9737 0293 • SAVE UP TO $600 ON DAIKIN DUCTED SYSTEMS • SAVE UP TO $300 ON DAIKIN MULTI SPLIT SYSTEMS • SAVE UP TO $200 ON DAIKIN SPLIT SYSTEMS built-in WARDROBES Lifetime Warranty Free Measure & Quote Custom Design Built-in Wardrobes Renovation of existing Wardrobes Sliding Mirror doors in a variety of colour frames Hinged or sliding Federation Doors FACTORY & SHOWROOM Unit 1, 183-185 McCredie Rd, Guildford 9632 5444 Lic. No, 160400C www.waratahwardrobes.com.au 2171955i hlnc wk32 Strongest Ceiling & Wall Repairs Ceiling & wall expert Old ceilings restored 1st class work only Work further than Aust. Standards 37 years experience Call Kerry Builders Lic No R80718 0406 798 557 (anytime) *Conditions Apply 2151814i hlw wk44 RESTORE CEILINGS? CRACKED CEILINGS? CRACKED WALLS? 50% OFF* (Call now!) Decks Pergolas Stainless steel wire handrail Lattice Privacy Screens DIY pergola and deck kits Lic No: 170944C FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS OUTDOOR PINE FREE DESIGN & QUOTE 5 CHILVERS ROAD THORNLEIGH www.thomsonsoutdoorpine.com.au 2136330i hln wk39 PHONE: 9980 7611 THOMSON'S GARAGE DOOR SALES & REPAIRS PTY LTD New Showroom: Unit E18/2A Victoria Avenue, CASTLE HILL OVER 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE FOR A FREE MEASURE & QUOTE CALL 9894 1233 Automatic Opener Fr $450 2226375i hln wk2 AUTOMATION FOR ALL DOORS AVAILABLE AUTHORISED DISTRIBUTOR DEAN 9980 5006 www.sydneyconstructions.com.au 104 405 763 215161c 361 Pennant Hills Rd Pennant Hills NSW 2120 Professionally Built Professionally Designed MASTER BUILDERS ASSOCIATION AUST R ALIA NE W SOUT H WALES L IBERTY PROCESS STABILITY FIRST INCORPORATED 1873 Master Builders Assoc. Building Designers Assoc. NSW ALUMINIUM WINDOWS & SLIDING DOORS BETA - VIEW BETA - VIEW 900x900 (3'x3') $138 1200 x 1500 (4' x 5') $202 1200 x 1800 (4' x 6') $224 1200 x 2400 (4' x 8') $328 web: www.betaview.com.au - email: firstname.lastname@example.org PRICES FOR WINDOW ONLY & INCLUDE GST AVAILABLE IN BROWN, WHITE, HAWTHORN GREEN, PALE EUCALYPT, STONE BEIGE, CLEAR ANO, PRIMROSE FREE QUOTES FOR SUPPLY & INSTALL Unit 6, 9 Kurrajong Rd, St Marys 2150752i hln wk30 Ph:9623 5611 F:9623 5091 ABN 14 070 225 197 Master Lic No 408872083 Lic 84933c Security lic. no. 408925402 GLASS CUT TO SIZE OPEN SAT
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