Safety Services Company
December 16th 2008
December is perhaps the busiest month of the year. At this time, most people are caught in a hurly-burly of activities, what with all the gift-giving and decorating we have to do. But shopping for gifts and planning for parties are just some of the things everyone has to worry about during this frantic season. For employees, this is the time to rush countless tasks on the job, from year-end reports to last-minute deliveries.
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But no one said wrapping up the year was as easy as wrapping presents and placing them under the lovely Christmas tree. This is especially true when you’re living in an area blessed with the cold, snowy if not frigid, days of December at your workplace. With the dropping temperature and snow flakes seasoning the Christmas air, conditions in the workplace can easily turn from okay to uncomfortable to fatal.
Thank heavens for heaters. Portable heaters, in particular, have become common among various worksites. Not only are they necessary in workplaces that need heating in certain areas, they are also ideal in offices and other workplaces with a small floor area.
But like any invention, portable heaters are not perfect. Just as they give out several benefits for a cold workplace or space to enjoy, they also pose some hazards and can be the cause of a number of accidents, the most common of which is fire. Read on to find out safety tips on choosing and using portable heaters in your workplace.
First thing’s first, before purchasing a portable heater for your workplace, make sure it is approved for commercial use by a nationally recognized safety testing laboratory.
It’s best to go for a heater with a tip-over switch. This feature allows the heater to turn off automatically when it is knocked over. Also, make sure that the heater has a guard that keeps fingers and other flammable materials away from the heating element. The guard usually comes in the form of a wire grill.
Take time to read the owner’s manual before operating the heater. Always refer to it for the maintainance of the heater.
Follow these guidelines when using or operating a portable heater:
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Remember also what NOT TO DO when using portable heaters in the workplace to avoid accidents. Here they are:
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