Fire safety starts at home

Split systems air conditions (pictured) and evaporative "swampies" need to be checked to prevent fire danger.
Split systems air conditions (pictured) and evaporative "swampies" need to be checked to prevent fire danger.

NT Fire and Rescue Services is urging residents to get their evaporative air conditioning units serviced before switching them on for the build up.

Fire Safety Command officer Leigh Swift said it was not uncommon for the NTFRS to attend a number of residential fires that had started from an evaporative air conditioning unit.

“Evaporative air conditioners are great, but just like your car they require maintenance and servicing to ensure they run well and they don’t put you at risk,” Fire Safety Command officer Swift said.

“The safest thing to do before switching your cooling unit on is to get it serviced by a qualified refrigeration mechanic. Not only are you ensuring your safety, but you can have peace of mind that you won’t be at risk of a house fire.”

There are two types of modern air conditioning units – the evaporative roof top units, commonly known as swampys, and the split system air conditioning units where the motor is mounted on the outside wall.

“Residents should make a concerted effort to clear the area around each of these units. Make sure there is no debris, leaves or spider webs and no material left around the outdoor motor,” Fire Safety Command officer Swift said.

“But for everything else in regards to maintenance – get a qualified tradesperson to come and carry out an inspection and maintenance.

“It could very well just safe your life.”

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