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Portable Heater Safety

How to use your portable heater safely

Portable gas heater

Here are some handy tips to use your portable heater safely this winter

  • Never leave a portable heater running unattended and always make sure it is turned off before going to bed. 
  • Regularly check that your heater and all components are well maintained with no signs of damage, wear or missing parts
    • Hose – there should be no signs of cracks, wear, porosity or hardening. We recommend hoses are replaced at least every 5 years.
    • Heater – check that the heater is stable with all feet or castors, and clear of dirt and debris. There should be no cracks or damage to the body of the heater.
    • Regulator – check that the regulator shows no signs of damage and that it is securely attached to the hose. Check the date of manufacture printed on the regulator and replace it in line with the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Do not use flammable materials near the heater including aerosols or liquids and cleaning sprays in close proximity to the heater.
  • Do not sit or stand too close to the heater
  • Provide good ventilation at all times and open a window to allow air to circulate.
  • Never place your heater in a location that causes an obstruction or that’s too close to furniture or walls. Keep any exit routes clear at all times.
  • Never place items on top of the heater or use the heater to dry clothes.
  • Never move your heater while in use. Turn it off and allow to cool before attempting to move to another location.
  • If in doubt, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.

What to do in an emergency

  • Open all doors and windows to ventilate the property 
  • Do not turn on/off any electrical switches 
  • Extinguish all naked flames, do not smoke, strike matches or do anything which could cause ignition. 
  • If there are any electrical security entry phones/locks, please open doors manually. 

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If you suspect a gas leak, call us immediately on:

03457 200 100