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Consumer Reports do safety tests on space heaters

It’s the time of year where sales for space heaters are on the up to help keep people warm during the chilly winter months.

Because these self-contained portable devices cause around 1,700 house fires per year as well as approximately 70 deaths, Consumer Reports decided to test which ones may be the safest to use in the home.

After testing 19 portable electric heaters, they decided what the obvious risks were. They checked for suitable safeguards, which are a must, and they assessed whether the overheat sensor turns the heater off before it poses as a fire risk.

Consumer Reports used test fabric to see if the heat sensors were activated in time.

Following their tests they found that the Optimus H-5210 space heater’s sensor did not activate in time and the fabric caught fire within minutes of being placed on the unit.

The non-profit organisation did find that this mode came with a ‘Risk of fire’ warning on purchase.

However they confirmed that there was a potential safety problem when purchasing this model as it was the only one out of the 19 that they had tested that caught fire.

No matter which heater you use, CR urges everyone to keep fabrics and combustibles away from heaters at all times.

November 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm | electric heaters |
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Things to remember when buying a portable heater

There are a few checks that you should keep in mind when you’re out shopping for a portable heater.

It’s always important to take your safety into consideration, which is why if you remember just a few things you will reduce your risk of an electric heater related fire this winter.

You should only ever buy a portable heater with a suitable safeguard. This slows down the risk of fire and means that nothing can touch the electric heating directly.

You should also always check the box for warning signs to see if they are a potential fire hazard. The warning should tell you to keep combustible materials at least 3 feet away from the heater.

Things like furniture, bedding and curtains should be kept at bay for reassurance of safety.

It’s also essential for to get a portable heater that is the correct size for the area you wish to place it in, leaving the required space in between the heater and any combustibles.

If you can get one with a tip over safety switch that would be best, because that way you can be sure that even when accidents occur you’re still not at risk of experiencing a fire.

October 24, 2012 at 9:43 am | electric heaters |
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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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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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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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Our Outdoor Heater Hire range increases 60% as we pledge timely deliveries for any order quantity to ANY UK address

With a large range of heaters available for domestic and commercial use we are able to supply electric and gas heaters to commercial fan heaters and along with space and diesel heaters, warehouse and construction site heaters for hire.

For the first time this year, this morning feels like the first real spring day of 2012 and perhaps heater hire may not be top of everyone’s agenda today. However, as the summer months start to draw closer our domestic and business customers begin considering their summer heater hire requirements!

It is around this time of year our outdoor heaters becomes popular commodities!

Our phones are beginning to get busy with people enquiring about costs and lead times for outdoor heater hire including marquee heater hire, portable gas heaters and garden heaters. Generally enquiries start to rise from March onwards as more of you out there start to consider your summer bbqs and planned outdoor parties and events.

Restaurants, hotels, clubs, bars and pubs not to mention cafes along with many other service industry businesses begin turning their attention to accommodating their al fresco customers for the up and coming summer months.

Outdoor heater hire is particularly popular for those slightly chillier summer evenings.

On a commercial level we are able to provide heater hire to any addresses in any part of the UK and we can supply any required quantities of heaters for hire.

So, no matter how small or large your heater hire requirement at Top Heater Hire we are able to accommodate ALL our domestic and commercial customers quickly and cost-effectively for virtually any type of heater hire required no matter what location or quantity.

Across all the heater hire team it is our regular business customers including hotels, restaurants and bars that have kept us busy this week and advance bookings have already been taken for outdoor heater hire.

The most popular type of outdoor heater hire at the moment is our marquee heater hire followed by our outdoor patio heater hire, garden heater hire and portable gas heater hire.

So, let’s say a ‘big hurray for summer 2012’ and I look forward to speaking to you about your outdoor heater requirements very soon whether you are planning a BBQ party or a large outdoor event my heater hire team are here to help and we are only a phone call away.

Those large and/or specialised heater hire requirements may well need my personal touch so don’t hesitate to speak to me directly whenever you need too – there’s nothing I don’t know about heater hire!

Dan – call me on 0844 504 0498
If you’re on your mobile, or if you are out of the country give me a call on +44 161 482 6252.

Don’t forget we really do provide the best heater hire service and advice and as we claim on our website
our customer pledge to you is:

We always give you the best, independent advice!
We are always on time
We ALWAYS provide you with great value heater hire
All the heater hire team are friendly and approachable

We can even supply internationally!

March 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Uncategorized |
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Heater Hire – Choosing the Right Type of Heater

When searching for Heater Hire, you need to consider a few things but most important is probably the size of the room and power supply available.


The size of the room will help us to calculate the area and size of the heater needed to heat the room to a level that is suitable to yourself.

The power available, we of course can provide gas/diesel powered heaters which give you the most heat but may no suit your requirements.

Electric heaters only tend to have a lower heat output that work on standard 240v outlet.




February 24, 2012 at 5:45 am | heater hire, outdoor heaters |
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