Heaters and fires can come in several different varieties and
forms. From industrial, high powered gas heaters to smaller
electric fan blowers, no matter what type of heater you have,
caution must be exercised.
Portable Heating Appliances
- Never sit too close to the heater as you could set light to
your clothes or chair, especially if you fall asleep.
- Heaters should stand where they can't be knocked over, away
from beds, furniture and fabrics.
- Do not put anything on the heater or use it to dry
- Make sure all heaters are guarded, particularly if you have
- Never try to move any portable heater while it is
alight/switched on - always turn it off and allow it to cool
- Ensure the heater conforms to British Standards, and have it
- When changing a gas heater cylinder, try to do this in open
air. Otherwise, open windows and doors to increase ventilation.
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 whenever possible.
Never store them in basements, under stairs or in cupboards
containing electric meters or equipment.
Open Fires and Chimneys
- Have the chimney swept before lighting the first fire
- Don't allow soot or ash to build up
- Inspect your chimney breast, particularly in the roof space.
Make sure it is sound and that sparks or fumes can't escape through
cracks or broken bricks
- Use a fireguard
- Don't overload the grate or build fires too high; let fires
burn down well before going to bed; and check the hearth, floor and
furnishings near the fire for sparks or embers
- Burn the recommended fuels only - see guidance frequencies
Regular maintenance requirements of your chimney will depend on
the fuel you burn -
- Smokeless coals - at least once a year
- Wood - up to four times a year
- Bituminous coal - twice a year
- Oil - once a year
- Gas - once a year