Safety Tips for Running Your Oil Heater

Safety should always come first

Heating our homes becomes increasingly important around this time of year, and though there are a million and one different tools and technologies that we could leverage the simple fact of the matter is that some of the more traditional platforms are the most effective. As you may suspect, one of the more traditional methods of heating a home, oil filled radiators can be found in homes all over the world, not just in the UK – and while they can pump out an incredible amount of heart efficiently, some consideration and care is needed around them.

Simply put, you need to be smart about using these kind of products and should follow all of the included safety tips. After all, we are talking about incredibly hot oil here, and a spill or accident with this substance always carries the potential for serious harm or danger.

Ok, that’s the scary bit out-of-the-way and i make no apologies for this, safety can never come second. However even though there are accidents with these kinds of heating elements every year, when you follow the safety tips included below you stand a fantastic chance of minimising any problems that may occur. Make sure to follow the advice below as strictly as possible and you should be able to enjoy the kind of heat and efficiency that is offered by oil radiators.

The following information is certainly not the be all and end all of running an oil heater as safely as possible, but they will help you to boost your chances of success dramatically. Of course you should additionally read the manufacturers manual thoroughly in particular any sections on the safe operation of your heater.

  1. Don’t use extension cords or wiring that cannot handle the load required by your radiator.
  2. To use the oil radiators you’ll need to be able to heat up the oil inside of these metal monsters – and while there are a bunch of tools and technologies that can get this job done, the simple fact of the matter is that all of them will use electricity. And while we’ve gotten pretty good at making sure that our wiring solutions and extension cords are capable of handling the load that these products need, there are still a lot of older products and homes in the world that are not exactly up to code. Any time you are dealing with electricity you need to be more than careful, but this is doubly true when you are using that electricity to heat up a volatile substance like oil. The risk of having an overload and creating a fire is just too great and as I’m sure you will remember from your fire demonstration days back at school that you need to make sure you do everything in your power to stop this. Only use materials that are rated for these kinds of solutions, and if you decide to go with a hardwired system make sure that you double-check with your electrician that your house can handle the load.
  3. Try to rely on the internal mechanisms and thermostats of the radiators themselves – when you choose to leverage and external tool or technology you run the risk of overheating
  4. People love to test and tinker with their electronics, but the simple fact of the matter is that you should rely on the internal systems of your oil radiators whenever possible. People love to add external thermostats or temp controls all the time, but you risk overriding the internal system and starting a fire when you do this – so don’t.
  5. The Greater Manchester Fire Brigade has put together some great general tips for safe operation of such portable heaters which you can find here.
  6. If you have oil filled radiators that are on wheels make sure that have been secured before letting children anywhere near them

The other major problem with oil filled radiators when it comes to safety tips is that fact that too often we compromise safety for convenience. And while it sounds like a good idea to have radiators on wheels to deliver heat whenever necessary, we need to understand that mistakes happen all the time – and with just one worst case slip up we could lose our homes or lives. Don’t play with fire, make sure you use stationary systems or keep kids away from those on wheels.