Heaters and fires can come in many varieties, from industrial, high powered gas heaters to smaller electric fan blowers. And can be powered by electricity, gas or paraffin. Whatever type of heater you are using you need to take care.
- Ensure heaters conform to British Standards and have heating serviced regularly
- Change gas heating cylinders in a ventilated area ideally outside or open windows and doors.
- When changing gas heating cylinders check that the valve on the empty cylinder is closed before disconnecting it and do not turn on the valve of the new cylinder until it is securely connected to the heater
- Store spare cylinders upright and outside if possible. Never in basements, under stairs or in cupboards containing electric meters or equipment.
Portable heating appliances
- Never sit too close you could set alight your clothes or hair
- Position heaters carefully where they can’t be knocked over and away from beds, furniture and fabrics
- Do not put anything over, on top of or close to heaters and don’t use dry clothes
- Ensure you have a heater guard particularly if you have children and don’t leave heater unattended
- Always switch off and allow to cool before moving
- Keep heater clean and well maintained
- Ensure the room is adequately ventilated
- Switch off before going to bed or leaving your home
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions for use
- Get boilers serviced every year – this keeps them safe and efficient. For gas boilers you must use a CORGI registered technician and for oil-filled boilers contact Oftec to find a qualified engineer.
- Be aware of Carbon monoxide – a gas with no taste, smell or colour that faulty appliances can give off – it can be fatal. For information on the effects visit this link to the NHS You can buy a carbon monoxide alarm for your home from DIY stores, supermarkets or energy suppliers.
- Chimney Safety
- Health and Safety Executive: Carbon monoxide awareness
- Gas Safe Register – official list of gas engineers
- CSE: How storage heaters work
- Stay Safe & Warm Campaign
- UK Help with heating your home