Quick Start Guide Natural Gas Utilities
SECTION 03: KEY SAFETY MESSAGES
Space Heater Safety
Why Address This Issue? In many warmer parts of the country, consumers rely on natural gas space heaters for the few times of the year that heat is needed and/or to avoid the expense of a standard furnace. In colder regions, they are often installed in areas such as garages, barns, and service buildings where flammable materials and liquids are stored. Because of the light usage of these devices, they are typically not serviced regularly, and new and used units are often improperly installed by “do-it- yourselfers” without the help of qualified service personnel. This may result in a hazardous situation of which the consumer is unaware. These space heaters pose a double danger. They may be sources of explosive incidents, and also present a threat of CO poisoning. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission , a major cause of CO poisoning is the improper venting of propane and natural gas space heaters.
Developing a Public Safety Communications Program
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