Electric heaters are a frequently used appliance during the colder months to keep warm. Traditionally their use has been more predominant with older people.
Although a helpful way to stay warm, particularly in smaller spaces, when heater fires occur, they can be devastating.
Over the course of this year, we have seen household bills sky rocket, with the energy price cap increase putting households under much bigger financial strains when it comes to heating their home. With bills set to increase again over the winter months, members of the public, especially those who have not traditionally turned to electric heaters, may look to these devices as an alternative heat source.
It is essential these devices are used correctly and safely to reduce the risk of a devastating fire.
Often these may not have been used for a few years and have been stored in the loft or garage and may have suffered damage.
Please check that the lead has no loose wiring, the plug conforms to modern standards and that the heating elements and clean and free from dust and debris.
The campaign’s main focus will be on the likelihood of increased electric heater use due to the cost of living crisis, whilst emphasising the risks of heater fires if they are used incorrectly.
Key safety messages:
- It is vital you stay safe as you stay warm this winter
- Never leave electric heaters on overnight or unattended
- Keep them well away from fabrics which may catch fire
- Plug them directly into the mains wall socket, don’t use an extension lead
For more advice on potential fire dangers over the winter CLICK HERE