The UK doesn’t have the best of weather, particularly with the temperature getting quite cold from around October through to March. Some of us handle the cold well, but others, would prefer to sit next to a nice heater to keep warm. Although this is a convenient way to stay warm a lot of people don’t recognise the potential dangers.
When this happens?
We are all forgetful from time to time, and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that leaving a portable heater turned on all night is an extreme fire risk. If you find this becoming a habit a good way to combat this is to only leave the heater on for a short amount of time, allow the room to warm up and then turn the heater off when you are at a comfortable temperature. Make sure when doing this to unplug the heater to ensure it is turned off and allows the plug to cool down, as they can become very hot especially the pins. Overuse of plug in heaters can cause the sockets/plug to over heat and melt together.
How this happens!
A lot can go wrong very quickly, and I’m sure we’ve all been in a situation like this. A fire can occur and spread much quicker than you would think, so it’s important to be very cautious when using heaters. Portable heaters and radiators are two separate things, although they share a similar function, it’s important not to have pieces of clothing or blankets resting on portable heaters. These can get extremely hot and be one of many causes for starting a fire, along with keeping heaters under your desk at work; this heats up the bottom of your desk to a very high temperature, which can also cause fires.
Removes the risks
In summary, never leave a portable heater unattended, and always use them in areas that are clear with nothing covering them. A cold afternoon and quickly turn into a very heated situation if not careful. For more information on fire safety around the workplace please check – https://www.gov.uk/workplace-fire-safety-your-responsibilities
We help lots of clients every year with portable appliance testing (PAT Testing) – we actively look for overuse of heaters and issues that could result in a fire. Contact us to find out more – www.tecc.ltd/pat-testing