Home heating advice
As heating systems generate heat by definition, care needs to be taken with them in order to prevent fires from starting. Following these tips will help ensure a warm, safe household:
• Seek professionals:
All solid fuel stoves should be installed by a certified professional.
• Take precautions:
All fireplaces and heaters should have a secure fireguard. Never leave the room without having a guard in front of the fire.
• Regular maintenance:
All chimneys and/or flues to solid fuel stoves, boilers and open fires should be cleaned by a certified professional at least once a year. This will help to remove any debrisor residue which could potentially catch fire.
• Be aware of flammables:
Keep heaters away from flammable material such as blinds curtains and bedding.
• Warning when refuelling:
Never move or refuel an oil or gas heater while it is lighting.
• Hot ashes:
Make sure that hot ashes are completely cooled before disposing of them in a metal container. Hot ashes should never be disposed of in wheelie bins or other containers which could ignite.