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Home Living : July 14th 2009
6 HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, 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 ................................................. Leading lights Auto-sensor night lights are a hit with children. Popular Lights, from the Tee- Zed Disney range, are fun and functional and feature illustrated images from many of the popular Disney children's movies. The lights' auto-sensor capacity means they automatically switch on when the room is dark and off again in the morning light. The pictures also change when the lights come on. The range includes Fairies, Pirates of the Caribbean, Pooh, Barbie, and many more. Tee-Zed has also added battery- operated LED Magic Night Lights to the range. Fully portable, they are great for sleepovers as well as perfect for bedside tables and bookcases. They can also be hung easily on walls. Designs include Wall-E, Cars, High School Musical, Disney Princesses and Winnie the Pooh. Details: www.tee-zed.com or call 9386 4000. HOMELIVING 300 364 290 CALL for a FREE measure & quote 1300 364 290 361 PENNANT HILLS ROAD SHOWROOM: PENNANT HILLS NSW 2120 OPEN 7 Days! Tailored Outdoor living www.pergolaland.com.au HIA MASTERBUILDERS ASSOCIATION AUST RALIA NEW S OUTH WA LES LIBERTY PROCESS STABILITY FIRST INCORPORATED 1873 Member Lic.93536c Master Builders Assoc. Tey v Take your indoor living Let Pergola Land maximise your living space with a fully designed and expertly constructed pergola that will make any area come alive. From your initial call to completion, it has never been easier to have a quality timber, steel or aluminium pergola fully structured to your needs. Restoration of... Antiques to Modern Furniture • French Polishing • Upholstery • Minor Repairs • Traditional & Modern Finishes 2115193i hln wk40 Metropolitan Built-in Wardrobes Pty Ltd FREE MEASURE & QUOTE SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS Mon- Fri 8.30am - 4.30pm Sat 8.30am - 1pm T: 9763 5899, F: 9763 5877 www.metropolitanwardrobes.com.au Unit 6, 1-15 Wentworth Rd Nth, Homebush (off Bellona Ave) 15 YEARS GUARANTEED 2120423i hlf wk31 Lic. 137155c
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