Portable heater safety

As the temperature drops many of us may be tempted to reach for a portable heater to help give our homes a heat boost, however this popular way of keeping warm can be a recipe for disaster.

Most fires caused by portable heaters are basic errors and can be easily avoided, for example, putting the heater on a stable surface and away from children and pets, who can easily knock them over.

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Portable heaters can easily catch fire if not used correctly.

There are a few simple tips that you can follow to ensure you are using your portable heater safely.

Portable Heater Safety Tips

  • Put your heater on a level surface, well away from anything that could knock it over.
  • Make sure your heater is at least a metre away from combustible materials, such as paper, furniture or curtains. Never use it to dry your clothes!
  • Never leave your heater unattended whilst in use or while you are asleep.
  • Never power a heater from an extension lead – they can easily cause socket overload and cause fires.
  • Regularly inspect your heater for damage and deterioration. If it isn’t in good condition, don’t use it!
  • Avoid second hand heaters. Make sure you buy from recognised manufacturers and retailers.

Installing a monitored fire alarm is an excellent way to ensure you are instantly altered should the worst happen and a fire break out. Take a look at our range of Fire Guardian heat sensor equipment and choose the solution that it right for you.

*Source: ElectricalSafetyFirst.org.uk