Cooler weather is upon us and that means more PORTABLE HEATER use in the office. This is the time to take the time to give a closer look at any portable heating appliances that may be in use in the workspace. Heaters should be in good condition and used in a manner they were intended for. Some of the requirements for use of portable heaters in the workplace are as follow:
Use of portable heaters must be approved by the company. Also make sure approval comes from the Fire Department, and consult with the business owner to ensure the electric circuitry is adequate.
Heaters must be approved for each location in the office. If a heater is moved it must go through the approval process again.•
In the workplace, the use of heaters fueled by flammable or combustible liquids is prohibited.
Heaters must be labeled by an approved testing laboratory such as Factory Mutual (FM) or Underwriters Laboratory (UL)
Portable heaters must be equipped with an automatic tip over switch to shut the unit off if it is knocked over.
Heaters must have a minimum of 18 inches of clearance on all sides.
DO NOT plug portable heaters into modular furniture. Most system furniture does not have electrical wiring designed to handle the electrical load of a space heater.
Portable heaters are prohibited in health care facilities, with the exception of non-sleeping staff and employee areas. When used in these areas the heating elements are limited to producing no more than 212 F. (Check the manufacturer’s label).
Plus, make sure all your smoke detectors are fully operational by testing them on a monthly basis. Have a office evacuation plan in place and PRACTICE that plan before any emergency occurs. Don’t wait until you have a fire to find out that the plan doesn’t work. Keep an extinguisher or a supply of sand on hand to control flames if the flames get too large. Read instruction on how to use your extinguisher properly and never apply water to a hot stove or chimney as thermal shock can cause damage.
Have a warm and safe office this winter.
Contact S&S Sprinkler to talk office fire safety at sssprinkler.com, or call 251.473.6000 for any fire sprinkler, alarm & office security questions.
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