This winter, the UK experienced lower than average temperatures, meaning more homes with higher heating needs. The cost-of-living crisis has also seen a rise in ‘space-heating’ solutions in a bid for reducing heating costs.
However, staying safe AND warm is a priority, and Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue have put together information on how to be fire safe when using portable heaters-
How can I stay safe when using portable heaters?
You should always:
- use your heater on a flat surface
- give it some space – keep it at least one metre away from anything flammable
- buy heaters brand new from a trustworthy retailer, and if possible, buy one with a trip switch (this means it will switch off if knocked over)
- register the heater when you purchase it, so you’ll be made aware of any product recalls or safety information that might get released down the line.
You should never:
- use any heaters that are faulty, or have broken or damaged wiring
- use your heater to dry your washing
- cover your heater (like we said, it needs some space).
How can I stay safe with a log-burner/woodburner?
Getting your chimney swept (by a professional chimney sweep) is the most important thing to do before you start using your fire. Dirty chimneys can lead to chimney fires, which will cost you a lot more money than the cost of a sweep.
Using items which need power or charging
Be wary of electrical/chargeable ways of heating yourself, such as heated throws, jackets and gloves, that use electricity to build heat. Anything that heats up needs a lot of electricity and could be a fire risk.
For more advice on how to stay warm this winter safely please visit-Home Safety Visit – Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service – YouTube or visit- Homepage | Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (dsfire.gov.uk)