Temporary heating units afford an excellent way to warm a construction site, keep your team members safe and to encourage productivity. However, even with all of this, there are still certain precautions you need to take to get the most out of the unit and to ensure everyone's safety. Here are just some of the things you want to do when operating a temporary heating unit.
Keep The Area Clear
Always ensure you keep the space around the heaters operating area clear. Dust, dirt, and other construction debris can also pose significant safety threats when they are allowed to collect near the heating source. For any flame or infrared based heating unit, should this debris come in contact with the heat source, this could cause a fire to ignite, putting everyone safety in jeopardy. By keeping the area clean, you can eliminate this risk.
Have Safety Equipment Nearby
It's also important that you keep safety equipment within reach when operating the temporary heating unit. One of the most important pieces of equipment to keep nearby is a fire extinguisher. Even with careful use, when operating one of these units, there is always even a slight risk of fire. However, when you have the extinguisher nearby, you can more readily react to an issue, keep everyone safe and protect the worksite.
Ensure Proper Ventilation
Make certain you are keeping the area well ventilated when operating the heating unit as well. Proper ventilation is important for several reasons. First, proper ventilation minimizes the risk of any of your team members inhaling fumes from the unit, which is a significant risk with a gas-powered unit. Proper ventilation will also minimize the risk of a fire starting from the unit. Ensure you are housing the heating in a space that allows for adequate airflow.
Lastly, make it a point to take certain safety measures when re-fueling the unit. This process should begin by allowing the unit to cool. You never want to re-fuel a unit when it is still warm as this presents a significant fire risk. Next, you want to ensure that the unit has been disconnected from any power source or other connection, as having unit plugged in while re-fueling can also introduce a fire risk.
By following these safety precautions, you can more aggressively work towards keeping your team members safe and ensure you're getting the most from the temporary heating unit. For more information, contact companies like PHVAC.