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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

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