Since we like to pretend it’s summer all year round, some of us are engaging in some… risky behaviour to keep warm as the temperature plummets.
According to Graham Cooke from Finder.com.au, Australians need to be more aware of their safety during colder months.
“Although we’ve been off to quite a warm start to the year, last weekend has shown that winter is definitely here, but that doesn’t mean we need to throw safety out the door,” he said.
According to a survey of over 2000 people by Finder.com.au, one in four Australians are indulging in dangerous, expensive habits this winter.
There are two main ways that we are wasting money and risking our safety.
Data from Finder.com.au says that around 1.7 million Australians leave their heater on unsupervised, in a room that they aren’t currently in. Most obviously, this is a huge fire hazard.
Anyone who pays their own bills will know that there is also a hefty price to pay for this habit. The same number of Australians are using multiple heaters at once, with many also leaving the heater on when they aren't home.
If you are one of the many Australians who can think of nothing worse than walking into a freezing cold house after a long day at work, there are solutions.