EXPERTS have warned people to ensure they use electric heaters safely as millions look for cheaper ways to keep warm.
Heaters are a good solution for a room or when you just need to heat an area in short, sharp bursts.
However, they can pose a safety risk if used incorrectly.
“While portable heaters can be useful for heating a small space, they can pose a real risk to your home and life if mistakes are made while using them,” said Lesley Rudd, chief of charity Electrical Safety First.
“With the significant number of people who will be turning to these devices this winter, it’s important that we use them safely.”
Here are some important dos and don’ts when using an electric heater.
Place your heater on a flat surface
If your heater falls it can cause a fire, which is why it’s important to keep it on a level surface.
Choose a spot that’s far from everything and won’t be easily knocked over.
Keep it away from things that burn easily
Flammable materials such as paper, furniture or curtains can easily catch fire if they are too close to the heater.
So keep those things away.
Do not dry clothes on your heater
It is extremely dangerous to try to dry clothes on an electric heater.
Never put your clothes close by.
Do not sleep with the electric heater on
It is important to always keep an eye on your electric heater.
So don’t leave it unattended – especially when sleeping.
Do not use an extension cord
It is not recommended to use an extension cord with your electric heater.
This can easily overload and further increase the risk of fire.
Watch out for damage
A damaged heater is also risky.
So watch out for any damage or wear – and stop using it if it’s not in good condition.
Buy heaters from a trusted retailer
Make sure you buy from manufacturers or retailers you know and trust.
Avoid used heaters – but if you do, ask them what security checks they carry out.
Get it registered
You should always register your devices.
And keep an eye out for important recalls.
Make sure your smoke alarms are working
Aside from electric heaters, you should always make sure you have working smoke detectors in your home.
There should be one on each floor.
According to a survey of more than 3,000 people by Electrical Safety First, four out of ten people either definitely use electric heating or are considering heating a single room in their home.
Be sure to check out our roundup of the best electric heaters.
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