Safer Heating

Electric Heater
  • Never use petrol or other flammable liquids to light a fire; they can be very unpredictable and may not react as you expect
  • Always use a full protective fireguard when children, infirm people or pets are in the room and always ensure it is in place when you leave the room
  • Ensure the chimney is swept at least once a year (or flues checked if it is a gas fire)
  • All heating appliances should be checked regularly by a qualified person
  • Never place flammable materials, such as curtains or chairs, near a fire or heater; heat travels and can easily set things alight!
  • Be careful not to place portable heaters where they can be knocked or tripped over; ensure that the air vents are kept clear and do not overheat.

    Additional information and advice regarding safely heating your home using solid fuel can be found on the HETAS website. This includes information, guidance and HETAS advice on the following topics:
  • Chimneys and linings
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Installing and using solid fuel stoves, (see also; link to the Stove Industry Alliance )
  • Solid fuel appliances and Building Regulations
  • Smoke control areas