Workplace Space Heater


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It’s that time again and there is a chill in the air! Chilly weather equals big coats, layers, and breaking out the space heaters at the office. The use of space heaters within workplaces is quite common as employees try to stay warm during the winter months. However, it is important to remember the use of portable space heaters pose a potentially major workplace safety hazard. The incorrect use of space heaters within the office can lead to fires and let’s face it no one wants to start a fire at work! Here are a few tips that are important when using portable space heaters in your office.

Here are some space heater safety tips:

Employees should be required to obtain approval from a supervisor or facility manager prior to using a space heater at work.

1. All space heaters should have the certification of an independent testing laboratory.

2. Proper placement of space heaters is critical. Heaters must be kept at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including papers, clothing and rugs.

3. Locate space heaters out of high traffic areas and doorways where they may pose a tripping hazard.

4. Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip, which could overheat and result in a fire.

5. Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.

6. Operating space heaters should never be left unattended. They should be turned off and unplugged at the end of the work day or whenever the employee leaves the room.

 

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