Home Radiator Safety

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Home radiators provide warmth in many homes, but they can also cause unwanted hazards. Burns and fire are two of the most common hazards. Prevention involves measures such as covers, pipe insulation and proper placement of furniture around them.

Radiator Cover

Radiators can become very hot, posing a hazard to anyone who might accidentally touch them, especially young children. The cover should go around the entire radiator without having any contact with it. The design, if it has any holes or spaces, should not allow a child to put a hand or a finger through to touch the radiator.

Oil-Filled Radiators

If you use an extension cord with an oil filled radiator, is must be one that can handle the wattage put out by the unit. Using a cord with a lower wattage rating can cause it to become too hot and start a fire. Children should also be kept clear of the radiator, as playing with it can cause it to fall over and cause damage to the wiring or for oil to leak out.


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The pipes that bring steam to the radiator should be insulated. These can also get very hot when the unit is working, and if a child or animal touches the radiator it can cause injury. The best covering will contain fibreglass, which is able to tolerate heat well.


Keep furniture a safe distance from your radiator. If it comes in contact with the radiator, it can start a fire. Also, children's cribs and beds should be placed away from the radiator to prevent possible burns.


Have your home radiator serviced yearly by a licensed professional to make sure that it is working properly. If there are any issues, have them fixed immediately. With proper maintenance, coverings, insulation of pipes and placement of furniture the radiator can warm the house without causing unnecessary hazards.