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March 4, 2009: Manufacturers Call on Safety Inspectors to Promote Safe Use of Infrared Heaters

March 4, 2009
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ARLINGTON, Va. - With winter’s chill still gripping many areas of the country, infrared heater manufacturers are calling on safety inspectors to pay close attention to the proper use and maintenance of installed equipment. To help them identify potential hazards, the Infrared Heater Safety Council (IRSC) has issued a free safety inspection checklist available at www.irsafetycouncil.org.

“As manufacturers of this heating equipment, we want to make sure our equipment is being used safely and properly, which is why we’ve developed this safety checklist and distributed it to thousands of fire and safety inspectors nationwide,” said Joseph A. Wortman Jr., chairman of the IRSC, which is an Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) safety education initiative dedicated to the safe use of infrared heating equipment in commercial and industrial applications.

According to the IRSC, the free checklist provides safety inspectors with easy access to all the information they need to make sure this equipment has been safely installed and maintained, as well as a reminder to make sure the equipment owner is maintaining appropriate clearances from combustibles. The checklist is included in a brochure that outlines infrared heater types and proper applications, relevant safety codes and standards, proper clearances to combustibles, information on proper gas connections and ventilation, proper signage, and other important safety guidelines.

“Many people work around infrared heaters, but likely give little thought to safety or maintenance of this equipment,” said AHRI President Stephen Yurek. “It’s in everyone’s best interest to better understand how to use infrared heaters properly to reduce potential hazards, while staying safe and warm.”

For more information or to download a copy of the IRSC brochure, visit www.irsafetycouncil.org.

Publication date: 03/02/2009

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