Many house fires are caused by the unsafe use of heaters. Heating safety involves the correct installation and maintenance, supervision of children and pets, safe clearance distances, use of correct fuels and adherence to the manufacturers instructions.
Here are some helpful tips to ensure you use heaters in a safe manner:
- Heating equipment should be installed by a qualified tradesperson in
accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions;
- Maintenance of heating equipment should be carried out as recommended by
- For portable heating, choose models that have automatic safety switches that
turn the heater off if tipped over;
- Keep portable electric heaters away from wet areas to avoid the possibility of
- Always use a fire screen in front of open fires;
- Keep heaters well clear from items that might burn. A minimum of one (1)
metre clearance from clothes, bedding, furniture, curtains and other
combustibles is required;
- Children and pets must be supervised when heaters are in use;
- Flues and chimneys should be cleaned once a year to prevent a build up of
flammable material and ensure the heater functions correctly; and
- Ensure only the approved fuel is used in liquid-fuelled heaters.