The heater metre rule

Heaters can be a fire hazard. Heat can build up quickly causing flammable things to ignite, therefore keep heaters at least one metre away from materials that can burn, such as bedding, curtains, clothes, furniture and rugs.

Place portable heaters where they will not be accidentally knocked over and where the lead will not be tripped over or damaged.

Never leave a heater unattended. Unplug it when you leave home, when not in use and before you go to sleep. Only use one heater per outlet, as an electric heater will fully load an outlet.

The room the baby sleeps in should be well ventilated and at a temperature comfortable for a lightly clothed adult.   You may need a heater in baby’s bedroom. A heater with a thermostat is best to keep the temperature even. The room should feel comfortable for a lightly clad adult, not too hot or cold.  

It is important that the thermostat is checked regularly to ensure it isn’t faulty.  A faulty thermostat can cause over-heating.

Other winter safety tips

To keep you and your whānau safe in the home this winter here are some top tips:

  • Get heaters and fireplaces checked prior to winter
  • An unflued gas heater can be dangerous and should never be used in a room where people sleep or a confined space.
  • Put up a safety guard, attached to the wall, around heaters, open fires and solid fuel burners to reduce the risk of burns
  • Dress children in close-fitting nightwear to reduce the risk of fire
  • Keep the bedrooms well ventilated and if you use a heater keep the door open slightly
  • A heater with a thermostat to control the temperature is recommended for baby’s room
  • Cotton and/or woollen blankets are best to help prevent overheating
  • Place baby’s bassinet or cot away from windows 
  • Keep hot drinks and soups out of reach from children 
  • Check smoke alarms and have an escape plan in case of fire
An interesting link from Plunket
Here’s something I read on the Plunket website I thought you might find interesting.
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