Temporary Construction Heater Safety

Cold weather construction and temporary heat go hand in hand. Temporary heat allows contractors to continue to work during the colder months to keep projects on track to meet deadlines. There are many different forms of temporary heat. Direct fired, indirect fired, and electric temporary heaters are a few examples. There is always some risk associated with temporary heat. Below are some tips and cautions when dealing with temporary heat.

Hazards:

  • Fumes from fuels
  • Fire
  • Depletion of oxygen
  • Potential injury from burns


Safe Operating Procedures:

  • Make sure all safety functions of the heater are functioning properly before running
  • Leak test all hoses and connections to fuel sources
  • Do not locate propane tanks near the heater, inside of buildings, or in confined spaces
  • Make sure proper chimney venting (when required) is in place
  • Make sure there is a minimum of 10 feet of clear space around the heater
  • Make sure there is a supply of fresh air into the structure and have a plan in place to remove exhaust fumes
  • Have a carbon monoxide monitor onsite. Carbon monoxide is the odorless and colorless silent killer.
  • Have a fire extinguisher onsite and labeled so workers know where it is located
  • Have a safe area away from the heater for combustibles and trash


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