Electrical heaters can be a great way to keep warm – especially if you only want to warm up one room. However, they should be used with care.
Most of these fires are easily preventable. Don't become another statistic, it’s important to stay safe while heating your home – read on for advice on how to stay safe when using heaters and fires.
Electrical heaters aren't the only way to stay warm. There are many other kinds of heater so scroll down for for safety advice.
There are many reasons fires start, but fires involving heaters seem to have a particularly high fatality rate. This might be because of the circumstances they start in:
There is help available if energy costs are getting beyond your budget – Citizens Advice provides lots of info about grants and benefits to help you pay your energy bills or you can contact your energy company for advice.
It's really important to follow some simple rules to keep snug safely with a traditional fire:
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It's really important to fit a carbon monoxide alarm in all rooms containing solid fuel gas, or paraffin heaters. It's also a good idea to familiarise yourself with the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning, and learn what to do if you suspect there may be a leak.