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Space heaters: 5 safety tips

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Cold weather brings obvious risks to those who work outdoors.  Less obvious: Cold indoor temperatures that cause employees to use space heaters.  

Chief among the risks: a major fire hazard. If your workplace allows space heaters, follow these precautions.

  1. Use of a space heater must be approved by management. Best bet: Only allow company-provided heaters, so you can be sure the heater has proper safety features (e.g., tip-over switch), has all of its parts, and is in good working condition.
  2. Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use extension cords or power strips because of the risk of overheating.     
  3. Keep heaters away from combustible materials (minimum of three feet), including stacks of paper, clothing, and trash cans.
  4. Position space heaters on the floor. Never place portable heaters on tables, chairs, steps, or other locations where they are likely to be knocked over.
  5. Turn off heaters when not in use. Never leave a space heater unattended, especially when leaving for the day.

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