Do you allow space heaters in your office?

December 29th, 2016


Here are the Do’s and Don’ts of Space Heater Safety:


Do: Make sure the heater is approved to use. 

  • They should be approved with a nationally recognized testing laboratory mark (common ones include Underwriters Laboratories or FM Global Technologies)
  • It must not take more than 1,500 watts to operate
  • It should have tip-over protection, so it will automatically shut off if it falls over and overheat protection, which will automatically shut the unit off.


Don’t: Plug any other electrical device into the same outlet as your heater. 

  • Heaters draw a lot of power so you cannot plug one into a surge protector, multi-outlet box or extension cord. The high current flow can cause components to deteriorate and excessive heating can cause fire.
  • Do not operate an electric heater with a damaged cord or plug.


Don’t: Place heaters on filing cabinets, tables or desks. 

  • Heaters should only be located on the floor to avoid being knocked over.
  • You need a 3 foot clearance from combustibles such as paper, garbage, recycling containers, furniture, clothing, or anything else that can burn.


Do: Inspect your heater frequently. 

  • If the heater plug, cord or wall outlet or face plate is hot, discontinue use right away.
  • The heater must be turned off any time the room or area being heated is unoccupied.


Watch this Space Heater Safety Demo video from the Electrical Safety Foundation


Questions? Contact our safety guy, Neel Horst, at [email protected] or 717-761-4600 ext. 3038


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Jamie Mowery Lewis

Marketing Executive

Jamie joined the Gunn-Mowery team as their marketing executive in 2016, after previously working as an event coordinator for the Central Penn Business Journal and the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association. As the Marketing Executive, she is the main point of contact for external communications, community relations and media inquiries. She takes pride in enhancing the Gunn-Mowery brand, including the website, social media platforms, design and marketing campaigns. Jamie is a member of the Leadership Harrisburg Area Community Leadership Series Class of 2019 and is the Chair of the Gunn-Mowery Upside of Giving committee. She attended West Chester University of Pennsylvania where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications

When she’s not in the office, you can find Jamie spending time with family, friends and her beagle, Lexie. She loves being outdoors, whether it’s on her farm, playing golf, relaxing on the beach, or cheering on the Nittany Lions in Happy Valley.

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