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Fire Prevention at Home


Being displaced from your home can be a dramatic experience. Avoiding this can be as simple as following these tips for preventing a fire at home.

 

 

1.    Have an escape plan prepared and practice it. Keep exit routes clear in your home

2.    Make sure fire extinguishers are available and ready to be used

3.    Make sure your home has smoke detectors and alarms. Test your smoke detector and alarms every month and change the batteries at least once a year

4.    Know your evacuation plan and how to report an emergency

5.    DO NOT overload electrical sockets (avoid octopus connections)

6.    Have your heating, cooling and ventilation systems at home checked and cleaned regularly

7.    Never leave stoves unattended while cooking

8.    Are matches kept out of the reach of children? Keep matches and lighters above the "strike zone" (too high for children to reach)

9.    Unplug heat-producing appliances that are not in use, such as toasters and kettles

10.  Are gasoline and other flammable liquids stored in safety cans, and kept well away from both heat and children? Move flammable liquids away from heat

  

Energy efficiency in the home

Want an easy tip that can help save up to 5% of your energy costs?

Did You Know?

  • You can save energy and money by washing your hands with cool water instead of hot.
  • According to health experts, unless you are handling raw meat or work in the food services industry, washing hands with cool water is just as effective at killing germs as washing with hot water.

The Benefits

  • Save energy. Hot water should be added only when hands are especially dirty.
  • Save water and time! Now you don’t need to stand there waiting while the water warms.

Saving hot water = saved energy AND money


For each + 1C degree drop in temperature, you can save up to 1 % in water-heating energy costs.

 

A typical household can waste between 30,000 to 50,000 litres per year waiting for water to heat in the sink, shower or bath tub!


Reduce the Use of Plastics

  • Don’t waste plastics! They’re made from valuable petroleum a non-renewable resource.
  • Production of some plastics can release chemicals into the environment.
  • Chemicals can migrate from many plastics into food, water, air and our mouths.

How to Reduce the Use of Plastics

  • Reduce the number of the plastic bags you take home from the supermarket (use your own cloth or string bags to carry groceries home).
  • Choose refillable, reusable containers made of glass, ceramic or stainless steel.
  • Choose packaging that’s made from the most easily recyclable materials: paper, glass, metal cans. (Purchasing recycled paper products completes the recycling loop!)
  • For wrapped foods, the best choices are butcher’s paper or waxed paper.
  • Avoid single-use, disposable packaging. Buy in bulk: the least – packaged option.
  • Microwave foods and dinks in oven-proof glass or ceramic. Never let plastic wrap touch food while in the microwave.
  • Avoid plastic cutlery and dinnerware. Use metal utensils and look for recycled paper products.

Energy efficiency on the road

Interested in improving your petrol consumption without buying a new car?

Did you know?

  • It is estimated that about 50% of tyres on the road are under-inflated. Aside from increasing the rate of wear, this wastes fuel and decreases fuel efficiency. Check your vehicle manual for the correct tyre pressures.
  • Worn and incorrectly inflated tyres also decrease your safety so check your tyres regularly.
  • Check your tyres once a month for the correct pressure.
  • When you replace your tyres, try the new ‘Eco’ tyres that are designed specifically to increase fuel efficiency.

The Benefits of this simple action:

  • Increase safety!
  • Increase the distance driven by nearly 1km/litre of fuel used: leaving more money in your pocket and fewer harmful emissions!
  • Correct inflation alone can extend the average life of your tyres by 15%.

A simple check saves a lot of resources

If every driver made this change we would save millions of litres of fuel per year. This is a small, simple step that can make a difference over time to the country’s resources.

 

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