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The return of winter calls for safety reminders for portable heater users

It’s that time of year when temperatures are preparing to severely drop, making us all want to reach for our blankets and turn up the dials on our household heating.

Following the return of those cold dark nights and brisk winds, many households and businesses are likely to bring out their portable electric heaters to help keep them cosy. This is always a good time to throw out a reminder to make sure you heat your homes and offices safely this winter.

Portable heaters cause approximately 700 fires in the UK each year and fires in the US caused by these appliances in the home kill around 70 people a year.

When you’re planning to use an electric heater indoors it’s always a good idea to check the device first, especially if it’s old. It’s also essential to carefully consider where to put the heater, as placing it near furniture, paper or bedding is more likely to cause a fire.

Anything that can easily burn should be kept 3 metres away from the heater. This way you can have peace of mind that you are both warm and safe inside – much more fun than being cold and miserable outside!

October 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm | electric heaters |
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Residents of Doncaster are urged to check their portable heaters

Doncaster council are offering free safety checks to ensure that residents are using their portable heaters safely this winter.

The Trading Standards team in committed to warning the public about fire hazards that can be caused by heaters, in order to tackle accident rates this year.

Portable heaters are said to cause around 700 fires per year and that the most common cause is due to heaters being used when the cables are worn or have defective plugs.

The team are organising a free event where residents will be encouraged to bring their portable heaters so that they can be tested for safety.

They have issued advice warning people to check them before use, especially if they have been stored away in the summer.

A few basic tips the Trading Standards team have issued regarding electric portable heaters include:

–              Check for excess dust

–              Check the plug to ensure it is intact

–              Position it 3 feet away from furniture on curtains

–              Use fireguards to protect children and pets

–              Never dry washing on them

October 20, 2012 at 10:30 am | electric heaters |
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Heater catches fire in airing cupboard

An immersion heater that caught fire in a Sheffield house on Monday evening was likely to have suffered an electrical fault.

Fire fighters responded quickly after the smoke alarm fitted in the house went off when smoke was detected.

Crews from Elm Lane and Rivelin stations arrived at Monteney Crescent Ecclesfield just after 9pm.

The heater was located in the airing cupboard, which is where the fire began. Fire fighters were able to contain the fire mostly to the airing cupboard and bathroom.

Two occupants that were in the house at the time of the fire were unharmed.

October 18, 2012 at 10:00 am | electric heaters |
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Gas heater explosion left six people injured at campsite

Last Saturday night a gas heater caught fire and exploded in a family’s tent at a campsite in Oxfordshire.

The tent, located on Hardwick Park near Witney, set fire after the gas heater was left on during the evening to keep the tent warm.

Four family members, who were in the tent at the time, were subject to minor burns and smoke inhalation. Two staff members were also injured after rushing to help when they overheard the bang.

Fire and rescue crews arrived at the campsite and all six people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The family members who were injured were also camping with a further two people who avoided injury as they were not in the tent at the time of the explosion.

Station manager, Simon Belcher said he’d never recommend gas heaters in tents due to overheating and potential carbon monoxide poisoning.

October 16, 2012 at 11:00 am | Gas heater |
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Electric heater causes fire in Texas

An electric heater has been determined as the cause of a fire which left a family’s mobile home completely destroyed.

The fire, which took place last Sunday in the US, was deemed an accident. Fire Marshalls said that an electric heater may have been knocked over or a dog may have pushed something into it, causing the heater to flame.

The mobile home suffered serious damage, but none of the family of seven that lived there were inside at the time.

The cause of the fire was determined just a few hours after it took place.

October 14, 2012 at 10:00 am | electric heaters |
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New heater invention could lead to an easier life for homeowners

Thanks to a new invention created by two promising North-East entrepreneurs, homeowners may never have to set the dial on old electric heaters ever again.

North-East social housing company Gentoo is trialling an efficient new technology called Thermionix. Tony Gair and Mike Hartley have invented the technology, which is a control system that uses the weather to predict how much energy a heater will use.

This control system avoids a householder having to set the dial on heaters themselves each day. The design should make inefficient electric heaters more cost effective and efficient, giving the people one less thing to worry about at home!

Newcastle Science City’s business support team helped to develop the system and Gentoo tenants in Sunderland are set to test the entrepreneurs’ invention while it is on a trial run.

The tenants will give feedback on whether or not the system makes heaters easy to use, living conditions more comfortable and feedback on how it affects energy bills.

Once they’ve collected the feedback, Gair and Hartley will use the data to revise and improve the system, ready for it to be launched to the public. It will be targeted at landlords and homeowners.

October 12, 2012 at 10:00 am | electric heaters |
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Water heaters and the carbon footprint

Water heaters could make up more of your individual carbon footprint than you first thought.

If you’re a driver, your motor vehicle may seem at the top of the list of your daily energy consumption, but we reckon hot water usage in the home gives your car a run for its money!

Traditional water heaters have more of an impact on energy usage than most think. Water heaters (gas, electric and tankless) produce a lot of Co2, which tends to be more than your average automobile.

They also use nearly 6,400 kilowatt hours of electricity per year and produce eight ton of carbon dioxide annually, which is double the amount of a standard automobile every year.

However, the only obvious solution is installing a solar water heater. If you can’t get your hands on one of those, maybe cold showers in the summer are the answer to this one!

Oops! Do hot water heaters use too much energy?


October 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Water heater |
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An ‘Oh Dear’ Moment for Heater Hire

Oopps this poor Iphone user lost his phone in an infra-red heater!!

It happened whilst he was facetiming his friend, he was chatting to her and the phone dropped in the heater- or maybe his phone was a bit chilly so wanted to get in the electric heater to warm up :D



An oh dear moment in deed!! :LOL:



September 27, 2012 at 9:00 am | heater hire |
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Get an electric heater to dry your walls after decorating

Once you have finish decorating or plastering in you home, one of the most inconvenient problems is waiting for it all to dry.

To avoid this, you can hire a swivel radiant heater which  can dry walls that have recently been painted or plastered.

The heater’s head can rotate 180 degrees, making it easy to dry different walls in your rooms.


September 25, 2012 at 9:00 am | electric heaters |
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Outdoor and Marquee Heater Hire for domestic and trade

When it comes to marquee heater hire there is nothing we don’t know.

At ths time of year we become particuarly busy with outdoor heaters and specifically patio, garden and marquee heaters.

There is nothign better than hiring a marquee heater should you be planning sn outdoor covered event which may run into the evening as we all know the UK is notorious for uts changeable weather condiitons. On a really hot summers day in thsi country it can often be a very cold evening regardless of day time temperatures.

Keep your guests warm, whether choosing marquee heater hire for a wedding receiption, a birthday, retirement, christening, bar mitzvah or other outdoor summer celebration.

No matter whether heater hire is required for domestic use in the home or for warehouse or trade use, here at TopHeaterHire we pride ourselves in having a huge choice of heaters for hire no matter what they are required for.

With large stocks of heaters no matter where in the country you are based, the size required and the type of heater required whether; gas, electric, industrial space heaters, diesel heaters, warehouse heaters or heater hire for domestic purposes. We have a full range of heaters for hire to cover any large or small heater hire requirements.

May 24, 2012 at 2:05 am | heater hire, Marquee heaters |
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