Heaters & Fires

Portable Heaters

Electrical heaters can be a great cost-effective way to keep warm especially in the colder months, but care should be taken with their use.

Electrical heaters can cause fires which are sometimes tragically fatal.

That been said it does not mean they shouldn’t and cannot be used with the right care and attention.

Are there other types of heaters?

Electrical heaters are not the only available heaters to help keep you warm in winter.


There are many other kinds of heater as such as gas and bio-fuel heaters and again are safe to use providing care is taken when in use.

Tips for using heaters safely in the home

  • Make sure heaters are well maintained and in good working order.

  • Check that your heater isn't on a recall list as fires have been started by faulty heaters that have been subject to recall.

  • Anyone who services the heaters should be appropriately qualified – never try and maintain the heaters yourself.

  • Do not use older heaters where possible get a new one.

  • Where possible fasten heaters against a wall to stop them falling over or fit wall-mounted heaters.

  • Keep heaters well away from clothes, curtains and furniture and never use them for drying clothes.

  • Do not sit too close to a heater, ensure you’re at least one meter away from a heater as it could set light to your clothes or chair.

  • Before attempting to move your heater turn it off and wait until it is cool.

Tips for your smoke alarm

Gas fire & biofuel heaters

  • Gas heater cylinders should always be changed outdoors and if for whatever reason you have to change them indoors make sure all rooms are well ventilated.

  • Store spare propane or oxygen cylinders upright and outside whenever possible. Never store them in basements, under stairs or in cupboards containing electric meters or equipment.

  • Ensure empty cylinders are collected regularly.

  • Fireboxes and containers should always be placed on a stable surface.​

  • When using biofuel always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and instructions.

  • Only store the amount of fuel you need.

  • Never add fuel to a burning fire or refill a firebox fuel container that is still hot.

Log burners & open fires

Many homes still have traditional open fires with more and more homes opting to have log burners fitted so it is essential to follow the safety tips to keep you safe in the home: 

  • Keep chimneys and flues clean and well maintained.

  • Always have your chimney swept by a professional at least once a year for coal and twice if burning logs.

  • Use a fireguard to protect against flying sparks and hot embers setting fire to carpets and rugs.  Fireguards also act to keep children and pets away from the fire.

  • Before you go to bed, make sure fires or hot embers are under control and guarded.

  • Store logs away from solid fuel burners as the radiated heat can cause them to burn.

  • Keep clothing and fabric well away from open fires and log burners do not use them to dry clothes.

Are chimney sweeps still a thing?

Yes they are and once should be used to maintain chimneys and flues in your home.

Professional Chimney Sweeps should be certified by the National Association of Chimney Sweeps or HETAS.

Risks from gas, open fires & log burners

It is essential to fit a carbon monoxide alarm in all rooms containing solid fuel gas, or paraffin heaters – it is a silent killer and you will never detect it.

It's also a good idea to familiarise yourself with the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning and the steps to take should you suspect a leak.

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