Foil insulation a time bomb

MANY Gladstone homes may be ticking time bombs with more than 1,130 homes in Flynn having taken up the Australian Government’s home insulation program.

The homes have been fitted with foil insulation under the Rudd government’s stimulus program and have turned into potential death traps because installers have laid the insulation over live wires or used metal fasteners, causing it to become electrified.

This means that if home owners enter their roof space and touch the insulation, they could be shocked or electrocuted.

Federal Member for Flynn Chris Trevor said worried Gladstone residents who have had foil insulation installed under the program should get a safety check by a licensed electrical contractor as soon as possible.

“The Government will pay reasonable costs for this check to be done and is currently writing to affected households,” Mr Trevor said.

Four people have died installing foil insulation with calls for the resignation of environment minister Peter Garrett for his alleged mishandling of the affair.

“This is not a time for the opposition to be political point-scoring or finger pointing,” Mr Trevor said.

“People’s lives have been lost and I believe the opposition is being insensitive to families who grieve for the loss of their loved ones.”

A spokesperson for the Building Services Authority (BSA) said homeowners should shop around to find a reputable installer and have their home inspected by an electrician if they have safety concerns.

Concerned local residents that have had foil insulation installed can also contact the electrical safety check line on 131 792 for more information.



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