Safety Tip - Keep It Warm Safely
Posted By DEMILEC
With the coming of cooler winter months and the need to have warm drum
temperatures to produce quality foam and maximize yields the electric
heaters come out and everyone overlooks the safety aspects that go along
with the use of these types of heaters.
Extension cords which are used to plug in these heaters most likely lay
on the floor and become a trip hazard and a costly OSHA fine if you are
inspected. Outlets should be GFCI protected. Many cords aren’t rated
high enough and will get really hot and can short out the standard outlet
and cause a fire. These heaters can tip over causing a fire. But most
of the time there is a lot of stuff around them that is flammable such
as spray cans, cleaners, rags…etc.
There are a number of different types of drum heaters that are 100% safe
such as thermostatic controlled drum blankets, bands…etc. Make
sure your generator is serviced for the winter and produces enough power
to run them.
Another means and a safe one is to have a hot room in your warehouse where
drums can be stored safely and heated at the same time. This guarantees
that when needed the material will be warm and ready to spray.
Some warehouses are big enough to bring the rig inside which is perfectly
OK. Use common sense when storing and heating and your spray rig, warehouse
and business will keep running smoothly and safely.