Fire Safety Tips for Your Properties This Christmas
With winter underway and temperatures dropping below freezing in some parts of the country, portable electric and gas heaters become increasingly popular. According to the London Fire Brigade, there were 819 fires across London in the past five years from portable heaters.
How can portable heaters cause fires?
There can be numerous causes for a fire, some of the most common circumstances leading to fires caused by portable heaters are:
Bedding, blankets or clothing is placed too close to heaters and can ignite
The heater is left unattended whilst still in use
The equipment malfunctions or is faulty
The heater has been placed on an unsafe or uneven surface
How can you prevent a fire?
Always ensure the heater is well maintained and in good working order
Place your heater in a secure location with a level surface away from any damp or water
Keep the heater at least 1m away from any persons to avoid any clothing or hair igniting
Secure any loose wiring to avoid tripping hazards and knocking the heater over
Never leave the heater unattended and use sporadically to avoid overheating or malfunctioning
Check if your heater is on a recall list
Ensure each room has a smoke alarm and install carbon monoxide detectors when using gas-powered heaters
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