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#147312 - 07/12/02 05:00 PM Space Heater Safety  
Al Shaw  Offline
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Freeport Il
We have allowed the use of space heaters in our offices and are considering banning them. We feel that there is the potential to be a fire hazard. What I'm looking for is a regulation or guideline that forbids or restricts space heaters usage.
Please advise


Al Shaw
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Honeywell International
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#147313 - 07/12/02 05:20 PM Re: Space Heater Safety  
Joe Tedesco  Offline
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I found the following information in NFPA 76
Recommended Practice for the Fire Protection of Telecommunications Facilities 2002 Edition

9.1.3.2 Where portable space heaters are necessary for work activities or due to extraordinary problems with HVAC, they should include the following features:

(1) Electrically powered
(2) Listed
(3) De-energized upon tilt or tipover
(4) Illuminated “power-on” pilot light
(5) Variable temperature control
(6) Building management approval
(7) Limited to temporary use of no more than 7 consecutive days

I thought that these rules made sense and offer them here for your review.


Joe Tedesco, NEC Consultant

#147314 - 07/25/02 05:11 PM Re: Space Heater Safety  
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I would think it should also be a requirement that heaters only be connected to a permanent electric receptacle (i.e. no extension cords of any type).

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