Heating your home

Heating your home

Every year over 100 people die and nearly 1,000 are injured in their homes, as a result of fires caused by heating appliances. Many of these fires involve portable heaters.

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Portable heater safety tips:

  • Always turn off before bed
  • Don’t place too close to bedding, curtains and clothing – anything which could catch fire
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions
  • If you have any concerns turn the heater off and consult a qualified electrician.
  • Never use portable heaters to dry clothes!


Wood burners and open fires advice:

Ensure your burner is properly installed, maintained, and regularly serviced by a qualified person.

  • wood burning stoves should be placed on a fire-resistant base and not directly onto a hardwood floor or carpeted surface
  • ensure you use the right type of wood or coal
  • the chimney or flue should be cleaned at the end of each heating season and at least once during the heating season
  • use a protective fireguard
  • remove ash and burnt fuel once it has cooled

Advice for heating thatched properties:

Heating your home – open fires and wood burners Burn seasoned or kiln-dried wood stored in a dry airy place. The moisture content of the wood should be below 20%. Check this by using a moisture sensing probe. Don’t burn any other waste material, stoves aren’t designed for this and it can lead to blocked chimneys or flues.

Safety checks:

•   Ensure appliances are checked and serviced regularly (at least annually) by a Gas Safe registered engineer

•   Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm in your home.

•   Keep vents and chimneys clear at all times.

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Heating safety advice

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