Portable heaters come in many forms and can be powered by electricity, gas, or paraffin. They all have the ability to start a fire in your home if you do not use them properly. Portable fires have started home fires which have killed people in the past.
Always use a portable fire in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Whatever the type of heater:
- Do not place it close to furniture, bedding, curtains or any fabrics
- Do not put anything on/over the heater or use it to dry clothes
- Do not move it while it is alight or switched on
- Do not put them where they are likely to be knocked over
- Do not leave a heater unattended when there are young children or animals around
- Do not use flammable substances, such as aerosols, adhesives or cleaning fluids, near heaters
- Keep the heater clean and well maintained
- Ensure adequate ventilation in the room
- Make sure a safety guard is fitted and used
- Turn off portable heaters before going to bed
- If it is going to be used in one place for a long time, consider fixing it to a wall or floor
- Never sit too close to the heater as you could set light to your clothes or hair, especially if you fall asleep