For safety reasons, it’s better to choose a CSA certified work tent heater than a consumer model.
Spend any amount of time working in the cold, and you soon understand the value of a dependable work tent heater.
Working outdoors in bad weather can be uncomfortable, distracting, and even unsafe, so keeping a tent heater on hand is a natural choice for work crews everywhere.
But where do you get your work tent heater? That may seem a simple question. Walk down the outdoor gear aisle at most big-box stores and you’ll see propane tent heaters that look more than sufficient for you. After all, a tent’s a tent, right?
The truth is that heating a work tent isn’t as simple as a trip to the store. While they might serve for a weekend camping trip, safety regulations and jobsite realities mean that buying a consumer heater for your work tent is not a risk worth taking.
What exactly sets a professional tent heater apart from a consumer model? Using our Infrared Tent Heater as an example, let’s take a look at some key differentiating features that make it the right choice compared to popular, cheap consumer models.
Product certifications are more than just a decal, and they’re bigger than a selling point. They represent the end point of a rigorous testing process and inspectors look for them on your equipment.
The CSA certification comes from the Canadian Standards Association, and it symbolizes that your Pelsue equipment meets or exceeds safety, performance, and efficiency benchmarks in both Canada and the United States.
Some of the leading consumer heaters don’t bear this mark. That could leave you figuratively and literally out in the cold if an inspector catches one being used improperly.
The certifications that Pelsue products carry give you peace of mind on two levels. First, the products themselves (along with our facilities) have undergone exacting inspection and second, inspection carries weight with regulatory agencies.
Long Hose for Safety and Convenience
It doesn’t take a chemistry class to know that it’s safer to keep your propane tank as far as possible from your heat source.
This is more than just a common-sense precaution, it’s an OSHA requirement.
Regulations state that combustibles, like propane, must be stored at least 10 feet from the fabric of your work tent. This sensible restriction holds true regardless of the type of fabric or degree of fire-resistance it has.
One of the problems then, for popular consumer models is that their propane canisters are attached to the body of the heater. This makes it basically impossible to achieve the required distance between tank and fabric.
Because it’s designed to accommodate safety regulations, the Pelsue Infrared Tent Heater includes your choice of a 10-, 20-, or 25-foot hose, meaning you can keep your tank outside while actually keeping your heater, you know, in the tent.
A red-hot heater unit getting knocked over: it’s a nightmare scenario if you use a heater on the job. It’s how fires start and workers get burned, injured, or worse.
That’s why the tip-over protection is such a crucial safety feature in our Infrared Tent Heater.
It works just like you’d imagine it does. A lever gets tripped should the unit tip too far in any direction and it automatically shuts off the heater.
It’s a safety measure so simple and sensible that it’s all the more bizarre that many consumer units don’t feature it. Propane heaters get hot enough that, if they tip over, they can burn tent fabric, clothing, and anything combustible in its path.
Add to this the above concern that many of these units have their propane canisters attached, and you can see why tip-over protection is so necessary and worth the extra investment.
Aerial Bucket Safe
Sometimes keeping your heater flat on the ground just isn’t the most effective way to keep your crew warm and comfortable.
At certain jobsites, it makes the most sense to suspend the heater in the air, allowing the warmth to warm areas previously impossible to reach.
Our professional tent heater includes a set of chains with snap hooks designed to safely mount the heater to an aerial bucket.
It’s probably a good thing that consumer heaters don’t include these chains, since they’re not even designed to be mounted like this in the first place.
This gets to the key underlying difference between professional and consumer heaters. Consumer space heaters are simply not made for the work environment. Your jobsite is busier and more unpredictable, and while accidents happen everywhere, they’re more likely here.
And, of course, whether you’re at home or at your campsite, an inspector is not going to ever pop their head in. Which brings us to our last point.
No Shortcuts to Safety
As with so many other aspects of workplace safety, it pays to be extra careful.
It’s why we do routine inspections, train, and retrain. Worker safety is worth every moment of care and effort.
A mass market tent heater might seem like a great solution for keeping workers warm, but they come with many drawbacks that could, at worst, put your workers in danger.
We’ve spent more than half a century dedicated to making equipment that works for workers, making their jobs safer, easier, and more comfortable. That dedication can be seen in our Infrared Tent Heater and its comprehensive safety features.
It starts with the CSA certification our tent heaters proudly carry. If you’re looking for a shorthand symbol for safety, look no further than that.