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