Proper Use of Space Heaters in the Work Place
Facility Operations does not purchase, support, or encourage use of space heaters on campus, but the use of space heaters in offices is quite common in the winter. Even in warmer climates, winter mornings can bring a chill. And while these seemingly harmless devices may be an efficient way to heat a cold or drafty space, they can pose certain safety hazards when used incorrectly.
Even though a space heater does not have an open flame, the heating elements of some are hot enough to cause nearby combustibles to ignite. Additionally, fires can be caused by improper use, and burns by contact with the heating element or a hot surface.
Therefore, taking appropriate safety measures is vital in preventing an accident. It is also important to review space heater policies with building management.