How can I use my portable heater safely?

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Put your heater on a level surface, well away from anything that could knock it over

Answered by Dave, Electrical Safety Expert

Put your heater on a level surface, well away from anything that could knock it over.

Make sure your heater is at least a metre away from combustible materials, such as paper, furniture or curtains. Never use it to dry your clothes!

Never leave your heater unattended whilst in use or while you are asleep.

Never power a heater from an extension lead – they can easily be overloaded and cause fires.

Regularly inspect your heater for damage and deterioration. If it isn’t in good condition, don’t use it!

Avoid second hand heaters. Make sure you buy from recognised manufacturers and retailers.

Always register a new portable heater with the manufacturer. That way you can be contacted easily if a safety notice or recall is required. To find out more information about registering your appliances, visit our Product Registration page.

Use our free online Product Recall checker to see if your portable heater or any other electrical items have been recalled.

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