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Heating your heritage property during winter

Where additional heating is necessary, the number and type of heaters to be used should be agreed with the aim of minimising any increased fire inception risk. The use of portable heaters should be restricted as far as possible and they should be placed clear of all combustible items.

Types of heaters

Should your main heating system fail during the winter months, we recommend that electric convector or fan-assisted heaters with thermostatic cut-outs that operate in the event of over-heating are used. These work by heating the air and are an efficient way to warm a room as a temporary measure.

Liquid petroleum gas (LPG) heaters give off water vapour which can have an adverse effect on the building, and lead to the onset of rot in woodwork. If they are used, cylinders should be kept to a minimum and preferably changed in the open air in a well ventilated area away from any source of ignition.

Electric radiant heaters and paraffin/oil fired heaters should never be used, even as a temporary measure, as they work by emitting heat from an element or flame and pose a significant fire risk. Portable heaters should be placed clear of combustible materials and, where possible, protected against being knocked over or moved accidentally by fitting guards.

Top tips

  • Do not leave temporary heaters unattended for long periods

  • Turn off any temporary heaters when the building is unoccupied

  • Temporary heaters should never be moved when switched on.

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group plc (EIG) Reg No 1718196. Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc (EIO) Reg No 24869. Ecclesiastical Life Ltd (ELL) Reg No 243111. Ecclesiastical Financial Advisory Services Ltd (EFAS) Reg No 2046087. Ecclesiastical Underwriting Management Ltd (EUML) Reg No 2368571. E.I.O. Trustees Ltd Reg No 941199. EdenTree Investment Management Ltd (EIM) Reg No 2519319. All companies are registered in England at Beaufort House, Brunswick Road, Gloucester GL1 1JZ. EIO and ELL are authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 113848 (EIO) and 110318 (ELL). EFAS and EIM are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Firm Reference Number 126123 (EFAS) and 527473 (EIM). EUML is an appointed representative of EIO who is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 402228.