Kerosene Heater Safety Tips

Kerosene Heater Safety Tips

  • Any kerosene heater should be equipped with a safety tip-over shut-off feature and bear the mark of an accredited testing agency.
  • Only adults familiar with the operating and refuelling procedures of the heater should be allowed to operate or refuel it.
  • Use only the correct grade of kerosene in kerosene heaters as recommended by the manufacturer. Using gasoline or other types of fuels in heaters designed to operate on kerosene can increase the risk of fires or explosions.
  • Always turn off the kerosene heaters and allow them to cool before refuelling.
  • Refuel kerosene heaters outside the home. Fill the tank outdoors, away from combustible materials. Do not overfill the heater as fuel may expand and leak when the heater is operated, which could result in a fire.
  • Store kerosene in approved containers outdoors away from any heat source where containers can be protected from snow and ice accumulations.
  • Always operate kerosene heaters according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Keep kerosene heaters a safe distance from anything that can burn. Maintain at least one metre (3 feet) between the heater and combustibles such as furniture, curtains, drapes, or bedding.
  • Always maintain an adequate supply of fresh outside air when kerosene heaters are used indoors. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to ensure proper ventilation.
  • Keep the kerosene heaters out of high traffic areas in the home. Heaters should be placed in areas where they will not get bumped or knocked over.
  • Prevent burns by keeping children away from kerosene heaters which can reach surface temperatures as high as 500° F.
  • Install working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas to alert you to a fire in your home.  Develop and practice a home fire escape plan with your family.
  • Install a carbon monoxide alarm to alert you to the presence of deadly carbon monoxide gas.