Everyone is responsible for ensuring all safety regulations that have been set by the government and the manufacturers of the product they are using are followed. This is because these regulations help in ensuring their own safety and that of their family, neighbors and friends. There are many fires that occur as a result of malfunctioning and heating systems leading to injury and even death. Other people have died because carbon monoxide caused by systems like fixed heaters, central heating systems and portable heaters.
It is important to know these regulations before you even go to buy a heating system for you home or office. This is because these policies also help you to know what system you should buy and install in your house. The following are safety regulations regarding heaters in the US.
During installation there should be proper ventilation to ensure that the quantity of fresh air being supplied is sufficient. This helps in ensuring that the health and safety of contractors is maintained leading to efficient and effective work. If the system is being installed in an area that is not ventilated then mechanical ventilation is a must. However, installing heaters in a poorly ventilated area is not advised as this leads to combustion which leads to fire outbreak or Carbon monoxide which is dangerous. Users should activate test buttons on the carbon monoxide alarm on a monthly basis to make certain they function right.
When purchasing heaters individuals should get those that have been tested using the current set standards. They should be tested by a well known laboratory and have the UL label. Devices that have been made according to the current standards usually have advanced protective features. The heater an individual selects should be of an appropriate size, people are discouraged from buying over sized or undersized devices. Over sized devices may lead to over heating of the room or space where the heater has been placed which may cause a fire or make the people in the office to be uncomfortable. While undersized devices will lead to under heating and this will force the user to go and purchase another one.
The heater you buy should have a thermostat to control it in order to avoid overheating. Space heaters should be placed on nonflammable surface that are firm. Keep them far from rugs, beds, wood floors, carpets, furniture and other flammable materials. They should be placed on insulate material or concrete. If they are being used in places with covering then they should be placed 10 feet or more from these coverings. Children and pets should be kept away from heaters to avoid accidents as they may pull or want to play with the devices.
When in use, the heater should be placed on a horizontal level and the user should ensure they are stable. Liquid-fired heaters that are flammable should be fitted with a safety control function to stop fuel from flowing in case there is a flame failure. For those heaters that are not meant to be set horizontally, they should be placed according to the set standards.
Liquid-fired heaters that are flammable should be equipped with a safety control function to stop the flow of fuel in the event of flame failure. With this type of heater only those that have been approved by the relevant bodies should be used. The precautions set by the manufacturers should be followed to the later. Gasoline should not be used in these types of heaters and never fill it when still hot. Do not fill up the heater to the brim and use approved containers that are clearly marked for specified fuel.
Gravity or barometric oil feed should not be looked at as a main safety control. Heating systems designed for barometric oil feed should only be used with basic tanks. To prevent fire outbreak, space heaters should be switched off before going to sleep.
Electric heaters need to be plugged straight into the wall outlet. Use a heavy duty cord if an extension is required. Follow the instructions given by the manufacturer about cords. The system should be fully inspected by a qualified technician annually. Monthly inspection of these devices is also advised. The heater should also have a safety switch that shuts off automatically in case it is tilted.