- Be sure heaters are in good condition and operating properly. If a heater is not working, as it should, stop using it immediately, report the problem to a supervisor and ask for a replacement.
- Keep propane tanks upright, on a firm, level surface that is at least six feet from the heater.
- Do not use heaters in an area where they can come into contact with combustible materials.
- Do not place a heater directly on a plywood floor. Instead, place it on a 4-foot by 4-foot square of fire-resistant drywall or cement-board.
- Protect all hoses from physical damage and exposure to extreme heat. Don’t run hoses through a non-secured doorway because a closed door will pinch the hose. This will damage the hose, which will make it difficult for gas to flow into the heater. If a hose is run through a window, put a block on the sill to prevent the window from closing and pinching the hose.
- Do not operate a heater in an unventilated area. Always open a few windows slightly to allow excess accumulation of fumes to escape.
- Never use heaters for cooking or warming/drying your clothing.
Learn more about Propane Heaters.
- Don’t touch an electric heater if you are wet and keep the heater away from water, snow and ice.
- Don’t try to use electric heaters to dry wet clothes — for example; don’t put your soggy coat or gloves in front of a heater, even for “just a few minutes.”
- Don’t leave the heater operating while unattended.
- Don’t plug the heater into an extension cord or power strip, and discontinue use of the heater if you determine the plug or cord, wall outlet, or faceplate is hot.
- Don’t run the heater’s cord under rugs or carpeting, because this can lead to cord damage which can cause a fire.
- Don’t place a heater closer than 3 feet (0.9 m) from any combustible materials, including papers, boxes, plastic bags or vinyl sheeting/tarps, upholstered furniture, drapes/curtains, etc.
- Do place a heater only on a stable, level surface, in a spot where it won’t get kicked, knocked over, or tripped over.
- Do make sure the heater cord plug fits tightly into the electrical outlet; avoid using outlets where the plug feels like a loose fit.
Learn more about Electric Heaters.
Also, see a previous blog post to make sure you’re safely fueling these heaters.