Please be careful with electric fires this winter....

An electrical fire can be a convenient and quick source of heat on a cold day. Particularly for the less well off or elderly who do not have or are unable to afford to constantly run central heating. For some people it is the only source of heat they have.

It is not just the poor or elderly. In chilly and damp weather it can be tempting to use that electric fire to dry off damp clothes, perhaps hung over the back of a chair or on a rack. You’re only planning to use if for a few minutes to dry things out, but then you get distracted; something on the TV, a telephone call, the kids acting up, and a few minutes becomes...

Electric fires of this type generally work by radiated and/or convection heat, usually between 1.5 and 3kW. This is what makes them quick and effective at drying out clothes, but also makes them a fire risk. It probably takes less time than you imagine for material to go from damp to tinder dry and as the material dries there is the risk of clothing falling onto the fire.

Precautions to take

Ideally do not use at all, but if you must;

Be safe, not sorry...

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Commercial buildings, non-domestic and multi-occupancy premises in England and Wales are already forced to undertake a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment carried out under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. While the overwhelming majority of premises do this, if the assessment is thought to have been carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.


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