Electric fires are generally very safe and are easy to install and operate, making them increasingly popular in British homes. They require very little maintenance and usually operate efficiently for many years without any problems; however, as with all electrical appliances, you should bear in mind the following safety tips when using your electric fire.
Only buy accredited models
Any new electric fire you purchase should have a European or British safety mark. It is unlikely that you will find a fire in any major retailer without this mark these days, but it is always worth checking. Ask your retailer if you can't see what you are looking for.
Check wiring regularly
If you haven't used your fire for a while or have moved into a home with an electric fire, conduct a check of the wiring and plug. There shouldn't be any signs of wear and tear on the wire, so look for fraying or any other damage. Check the plug and make sure there are no scorch marks around the plug socket.
Never overload sockets
Overloading plug sockets is all too common as we try to cram all our electrical appliances and accessories into a convenient place. If possible, always plug your electric fire into a wall socket rather than using an extension plug or adaptor. If the nearest plug socket to your fire is already in use, it might be a good idea to get an electrician to add another socket specifically for your fire. This is usually a fairly simple and inexpensive job and can make your life much easier in the long run!
Unplug your fire when not in use
As with all these tips, this goes for most electrical appliances. Always check the manufacturer’s guidelines when you purchase a new appliance and follow their advice to help you save energy and minimise the risk of a fire.
Don't use timer plugs
Many modern electric fires have handy settings that enable you to programme your fire and have it come on when you want. These are perfectly safe to use and can make life much more comfortable and convenient, especially in very cold periods; however, you shouldn't use your fire in conjunction with a timer plug. These are not intended to be used with electric fires, so avoid them.
If you are thinking of purchasing an electric fire and need any advice, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Our friendly and knowledgeable team is always happy to help.