In the freezing winter months, or in the event of a power cut, a kerosene heater can be something of a life-saver. However, it is only useful if using it does not cause any personal injuries, be they slips, trips and falls over the machine itself or burns and other injuries following an accident.
Here’s a brief guide to ensuring your kerosene heater keeps you warm, and safe from harm.
Great care must be taken when filling the heater with fuel. The fuel tank should be filled outside to minimise the risk of fires from spillages.
It should then be filled with fresh kerosene at room temperature. Using old fuel that is cooler can cause overflowing, damage to the heater and even start an uncontrollable fire.
Location, location, location
Your heater needs to be placed somewhere sufficiently out of the way so as not to cause trips and falls whilst at the same time being a safe distance away from fabrics and furniture.
The location also needs to be well ventilated to minimise the smell of kerosene and by-products which can aggravate certain health conditions.
A standard kerosene heater usually takes an hour or so to make a discernible difference to the warmth of a standard two-storey house. However, you also want to avoid leaving the heater unattended when it is on.
There is a balance to find between turning it off before bed time and having enough residual warmth to last the night. It may take a few attempts, but is important to get right.
Additional fuel needs to be stored in a safe, secure place – well out of the way of children and animals. It’s also a good idea to store it in a noticeably different container to avoid confusing the kerosene with something else.
Safety and protection
No matter how careful you are, accidents can, and do, still happen. It’s always sensible to guard against the worst case scenario and that means purchasing carbon monoxide detectors and some fire extinguishers.
Should the heater malfunction, it’s best to be prepared.
If you are injured in an accident with a faulty product or another incident that wasn’t your fault, such as a public slip or fall, then call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Our legal team have over 15 years’ experience in personal injury claims and can help get you the accident compensation you deserve.
Date Published: March 5, 2014
Author: David Brown