Space heaters account for over $890 million in property damage each year. However, they are necessary appliances for many commercial facilities. Large and older buildings need additional heat sources with the harsh cold winds and temperatures Kansas City winters bring. If your facility chooses to use space heaters to supplement the existing heating system, make sure to follow these tips to keep everyone warm and safe.
Don’t Overload Electrical Outlets
Distribute space heaters evenly throughout the facility and do not have multiple space heaters run continuously at the same time. Do not use more than two heaters for every 400 square feet of space.
Provide Ample Clearance from All Furniture
Space heaters emit a large amount of heat in a small amount of time. Place heaters at least 3 feet away from drapes, wood furnishings, and papers to avoid a fire. Consider placing tape on the floor around the heater as a reminder to keep items away from the heater. For optimal safety, do not place heaters near areas that may block the heat emitted or under desks and tables.
Check All Cords and Plugs
Check cords for fraying or detachment from the base of the space heater. Check plugs for any alterations and improper fittings into sockets. When in doubt, do not use heaters that contain questionable cords of plugs and replace them.
Never Leave Space Heaters Unattended
Leaving space heaters running around the clock increases the risk of sparking a fire. Avoid leaving space heaters running when the building is vacant for more than 3 hours and on nights and weekends. This will decrease the risk of heaters tripping a circuit or becoming overheated.
These are only a few tips. For more information or assistance in making your facility your facility space heater safe, contact Mid-America Contractors today. MAC is a contractor Kansas City property and facility managers have trusted for more than 25 years. MAC can help you with any facility repair, remodeling, custom cabinetry or flooring projects. Contact us today for a free consultation.