Portable Fuel-Fired Heater Safety Tips

Portable Fuel-Fired Heater Safety Tips

  • Any portable fuel-fired 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.
  • Before operating any portable fuel-fired heater read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Always maintain an adequate supply of fresh outside air when using fuel-fired portable heaters indoors. Follow manufacturer’s directions to ensure proper ventilation.
  • Heaters should never be left burning overnight or while sleeping.
  • Refuel portable heaters outdoors, only after the unit has cooled.  Only use approved fuel in the heater.
  • Store fuel for the portable heater in the appropriate approved fuel container, outside the home. 
  • Keep portable heaters at least one metre (3 feet) away from anything that can burn, including curtains, wall coverings, upholstery, clothing and people.
  • Keep all doorways and halls clear.  In case of fire, a heater should not be blocking your escape.
  • Place heaters in areas where they will not get bumped or knocked over.
  • Prevent burns by keeping children away from portable heaters which can reach extremely high surface temperatures.
  • 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.