Portable gas heater safety guidelines
At Calor we want to make sure our customers have the knowledge they need to enjoy a warm and safe winter, and with that in mind have created the following portable heater safety guidelines.
Heater maintenance and servicing
As the temperature begins to drop and many of us reach for the ignition switch on our gas heaters, it is essential to first take the time to check that our chosen products are safe for use and comply with the necessary British Standards and regulations.
As with all gas appliances we recommend servicing the heater on a regular basis by a qualified technician, in line with the instructions provided by the manufacturer
In addition to this, we would also advise that the appliance’s regulator is replaced every 10 years to ensure it is functioning correctly, while a regular inspection of your hose should be carried out to look for any signs of cracking or general wear and tear. Your hose should be replaced a minimum of every 5 years, however if any signs of damage appear it should be changed immediately.
Safe use of your gas heater
Once your heater is securely connected to your gas bottle and ready for use, it is important to make sure that it is operated safely. The following points outline the main considerations to think about when using your gas heater this winter:
- Always turn your heater off before going to bed or leaving your property.
- Ensure all the component parts of your unit are well maintained e.g. the heater, regulator hose, hose connectors.
- Do not use aerosols or flammable cleaning liquids or sprays in close proximity to the heater.
- Avoid sitting or standing too close to your heater.
- Always ensure that the room in use is well ventilated; if it becomes stuffy open windows and doors to allow fresh air in immediately.
- Always follow manufacturer guidelines carefully.
- Ensure that the position of your heater is away from any flammable materials and is not blocking any escape routes.
- Never place clothes or other items over your heater.
- Do not move your unit whilst it is in use.
- If you suspect a gas leak or there is a fire follow our emergency guidelines
Carbon Monoxide safety
Carbon Monoxide is a colourless and odourless gas that can go completely unnoticed but can cause serious illness or in severe cases death due to poisoning. Therefore it is extremely important that precautions are taken to ensure that your heater is functioning correctly within the right environment to avoid any problems.
For further information on Carbon Monoxide and advice on what to do if you suspect a release visit our Carbon Monoxide safety page
If your heater requires a service or general health check to ensure it is functioning correctly ahead of the colder months, please do not hesitate to contact us on 08457 234 432.
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