Using portable heaters

When using portable heaters:

  • Keep heaters away from curtains and furniture and never use them for drying clothes.
  • Unplug or switch off portable heaters when you go out or go to bed.
  • Secure portable heaters in position to avoid the risk of them being knocked over.
  • Only use gas or paraffin heaters in well-ventilated areas. Heaters consume oxygen and in enclosed spaces can produce harmful gases and/or cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Fit a Carbon Monoxide detector in all rooms containing gas or paraffin heaters.
  • Never use portable gas cylinder heaters in high rise flats
  • Always change gas cylinders in the open air. Never change gas cylinders in an enclosed space.