With the cold temperatures and drafty county buildings many CORSA members permits staff to utilize space heaters. Best Practice indicates if a CORSA member permits use of spaces heaters the member develop and implement a space heater policy. At a minimum the policy should have the following requirements:

  • Heater be UL listed
  • Heater have auto tip-over protection
  • Require that the heater be turned off when unattended. Additionally, having auto shut-off is an excellent option
  • The maintenance department approve the installation and assure that the wiring can handle the load
  • Never connect to an extension cord or power tap

Link below is an information sheet from the NFPA on space heater safety, please feel free to distribute as necessary.

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James Hale, ARM-P, ARM-E, CPSI

Risk Control Consultant

County Risk Sharing Authority