Space Heater Safety Tips
During cold weather months, space heaters
are commonly used in the workplace. Using
these heaters properly will keep employees
warm. However, if used incorrectly or not as
intended, a fire could start, an electrical shock
could occur, and carbon monoxide may be
produced if the heater burns fuel.
To better control these hazards, all companies
should have an enforced space heater policy
and established best practices if they
are allowed. Suggested Guidelines:
■ When space heaters allowed should be listed
with UL® (Underwriters Laboratories®) or CSA®
(Canadian Standards Association®).
■ Prior to use all heaters should be approved
■ A clearance of a minimum of 36 Inches around
each heater should be maintained.
■ Combustibles and flammables should not be in
■ Do not place in high traffic areas where they can
cause trip falls on the cord or heater.
■ Frayed or damage damaged electrical cords
should never be used.
■ Do not use in conjunction with power strips or
■ Plug unit directly into an electrical socket.
■ Do not run cords across walkways or under rugs.
■ Heaters should never be left unattended. It the
employee leaves the room to attend a meeting or
goes out for lunch the heater should be turned off
and unplugged at the end of the day. Fuel Fired Space Heaters:
If used make sure they are safe and consider
■ Complete at least annually, inspections by a
certified technician to properly adjust and clean.
■ Follow all manufacturer’s instructions and
maintenance schedules such as:
1. Inspect the built-in safety devices (oxygen
depletion, tip over and touch sensors).
2. Inspect fuel lines and tanks for possible
damage, corrosion and possible leaks
3. Before turning on or lighting the heater make
sure the controls are working properly.
4. Inspect the exhaust fan for blockage.
5. Visually look at all gaskets and vents and
check for any possible corrosion, possible
blockage or holes.
6. Inspect for any possible damage, do not use
if damage is found.