With the autumn chill setting in and winter fast approaching, heaters, electric blankets and hot water bottles are sure to take centre stage as we try to keep warm. Take the necessary precautions when using electrical and gas heating appliances to ensure your safety at all times. Here are ten tips for heating your home safely.

  1. Follow the instructions on your heaters, electric blankets and electric hot water bottles.
  2. Check the wires of all heating appliances to make sure that all extension cords and wiring are not damaged or frayed.
  3. Don’t overload the electrical outlet with plugs and
  4. Never leave heaters on when you are not at home, sleeping or when you leave the room.     
  5. Do not sit closer than one metre away from the heater.
  6. Never put anything on top of a heater.
  7. If using a gas heater, make sure the room is well-ventilated. If the gas smell is strong, turn off the heater and get it checked by gas service professionals.
  8. Keep the screen on your fireplace when it is lit to prevent sparks from flying out and setting the house on fire.
  9. Electric blankets should not be used with children or babies or anyone who cannot understand how to operate the controls.
  10. If you need to use an electric blanket, it’s safer to use it to warm up your bed before you get in, and turn it off once in bed. And pile on those warm blankets!

You might also want to read this post on tips for safe gas use at home.