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Autumn hazards include wildlife encounters, rear-end crashes, auto thefts, and weather-related auto and property issues.


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A space heater in an office. (Photo: Dmitry Galaganov/Shutterstock) A space heater in an office. (Photo: Dmitry Galaganov/Shutterstock)

Finding the right temperature to keep all employees comfortable throughout the winter months is a struggle all types of organizations face, from those with warehouse workers to office workers. As the cold weather continues, many employees utilize portable space heaters to help warm their areas and stay productive. However, when not used properly, these appliances can greatly increase the risk of a fire in the workplace. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) states that in 2018, structure fires resulted in $11.1 billion in property damage. Nationwide, civilian fire injuries occurred every 35 minutes. When space heaters are not used properly in the workplace, they can easily ignite nearby boxes, paper, flammable liquids, curtains, clothing and other combustible materials and cost a business thousands of dollars in damage — or worse, put the lives of their employees at risk.

Here are a few space heater safety tips all employees should keep in mind:

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