Space Heater Usage in Office Spaces

Updated: February 2, 2010

Any combustible materials must be kept 3 feet away from the front. Also items must be kept away from the back and sides of a space heater. Never place anything on top or touching a space heater.

Office space heaters must:
  1. Be located in plain sight.
  2. Be plugged directly in to a wall outlet. Do not use extension cords or power strips.
  3. Have a tip–over automatic shut down feature.
  4. Be turned off when the area being heated is not occupied.
  5. Have an operating thermostat or built in over temperature switch.
  6. Be listed and labeled by a recognized body, such as UL, ETL, FM, or other nationally recognized testing laboratory (NRTL).
  7. Not draw more than 1500 watts to operate.

The preferred choice for an office space heater is a ceramic type unit which is available in the Fermilab Stockroom (Stock # 2800–1000). Oil filled or other types of office heaters need to have local ES&H Department approval.

The Electrical safety Subcommittee and the Sr. Fire Protection Engineer recommend that Pro–Card purchase of space heaters be reviewed by local ES&H Departments.

Last modified: 09/30/2011 |