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.

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.

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


Heating safety advice

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