As energy bills continue to rise, are you worried about how you are going to heat your home during the winter?
Using a portable heater to stay warm is a popular alternative to centrally heating the whole of your home.
Types of Portable Heater
The three most popular types of portable heater are: halogen heaters, fan heaters, and oil filled radiators.
Halogen heaters operate by radiating infra-red light, they use halogen elements enclosed in lamps or bulbs which directly heats objects the light reaches. Halogen heaters therefore technically do not heat the air in the room.
Fan Heaters and Oil Filled Radiators
Fan heaters and oil filled radiators heat the air in the room in which they are placed.
Most of these fires are caused by people making basic mistakes that could easily be avoided, including knocking heaters over which is easily done, particularly if you have young children and pets running around.
Elderly people and children are particularly at risk, so when you are making sure elderly relatives and neighbours are warm, or your children are playing, follow our simple tips to make sure that they are safe.
Portable Heater Safety Tips
- 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.