Using portable heaters safely
Electrical heaters can be a great way to keep warm – especially if you only want to warm up one room. However, they should be used with care. Fires caused by portable heaters do happen and have resulted in fatalities.
- Don’t put anything on top of heaters. Never use it to dry your clothes.
- Keep your heater away from bedding, curtains and furniture
- Never leave your heater unattended whilst in use or when you are asleep
- Never power a heater from an extension lead – they can easily be overloaded and cause fires
- Before moving your heater, turn it off and allow it to cool
- Keep portable heaters in a safe place, both when they’re being used and when they’re being stored
- Ensure your heater is in good working order – don’t use it if its faulty
- Do not leave young children or pets unattended in areas where portable heaters are switched on
- Try to secure heaters up against a wall to stop them falling over or fit wall-mounted heaters
- Ensure you have a carbon monoxide detector fitted in your home
For more information visit: https://www.london-fire.gov.uk/safety/the-home/portable-heaters-gas-fires-and-open-fires/