Eight top safety tips
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Only buy a heater if it has a British or European safety mark.
- Keep your heater at least one metre away from furniture and curtains.
- Don’t move a portable heater while it’s switched on.
- Switch off and unplug heaters before going out or going to sleep.
- Use fireguards to prevent children and pets from touching them.
- Never dry washing on heaters or put anything on top that will obstruct the air grilles.
- Try to secure your portable heater against a wall to stop it from falling over.
- Get your heater PAT tested annually by a qualified electrician.
- Look out for damaged wiring, and if you think the wiring is damaged don’t use your heater. Get it checked by a qualified electrician.
- Get your gas heater serviced at least once a year.
- Only use gas heaters in well-ventilated areas, otherwise, you could be at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Follow our advice on how to spot the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning and keep yourself safe.
- If you’re using a portable gas heater, store gas cylinders outside and away from direct sunlight and frost. Don’t store more gas cylinders than you need.
What to do if there’s a fire
If your heater starts a fire, you must get out (closing doors behind you), stay out and call the fire service (999).