SAFETY NOTE: Portable Heating Device at Work and Home

Portable Heating Device at Work

We know it is cold outside and takes a little time to get warm on the inside, but please remember portable heating devices should NOT be used at WORK.  If the temperature in your work area is too cold, please contact Facilities Services (281-476-1854) and inform them of the temperature problem.    All avenues will be explored by the Facilities Services Energy Management Team to supply the desired room temperature.

Portable space heaters are small, electrical heating units.  Heat is generated by running an electric current through high resistance wires called heating elements.  Regardless of the shape, size or type of electric heating element, virtually all power is converted into heat.  The inherent hazard associated with heater use is the elements, which can reach extremely high temperatures. The heaters are operated by adjusting the unit’s setting at high or low, or they may come equipped with a thermostat.

Heating appliances like these temporarily raise the temperature in the area.  The building controls sense this and then attempt to further cool the area, causing the opposite effect of what the intention is. These devices also have a history of overloading the circuitry in the building and causing circuit breakers to trip. This outcome also causes additional problems for the building, as well as the building occupants.


Portable Safety Heaters at HOME                                                                                          

As recommended by the National Fire Protection Agency, when using portable safety heaters at HOME make sure to follow these tips and recommendations:

  • Purchase a heater with the seal of an independent testing laboratory.
  • Keep the heater at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from anything that can burn, including people.
  • Choose a heater with a thermostat and overheat protection.
  • Place the heater on a solid, flat surface.
  • Make sure your heater has an auto shut-off to turn the heater off if it tips over.
  • Keep space heaters out of the way of foot traffic. Never block an exit.
  • Keep children away from the space heater.
  • Plug the heater directly into the wall outlet. Never use an extension cord.
  • Space heaters should be turned off and unplugged when you leave the room or go to bed.