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Heating Options for Tents & Canopies

Heating Options for Tents & Canopies

With cold weather quickly approaching, we want to aid your business by outlining a few fire code compliant options for heating your tents and canopies. 

OPEN FLAME HEATING NOT ALLOWED

  • Portable outdoor gas-fired appliances are prohibited inside tents and membrane structures
  • Open flame devices and similar arrangements are not allowed inside of or within 20 feet of tents and membrane structures

 

 

 

 

 

This type of portable heater is the safest and most efficient type of heater for large tents.

PORTABLE SPACE HEATERS

  • Can be electric or propane but should be setup outside of the tent. Warm air is ducted into the tent from the heater
  • Plugged directly into an approved plug-in and not into an extension cord
  • Should not be operated within 3 feet of any combustible materials

 

 

 

 

These heaters must have an automatic shut off switch if tipped over.

OTHER PORTABLE HEATERS

  • Portable heater must have an automatic switch which shuts the unit off if it tips over on either side
  • Heating equipment needs to be at least 10 feet from exits or combustible materials

 

FLAME RESISTANT TREATMENT/STANDARDS

  • It is required that tents and membrane structures be flame retardant. “Flame retardant” does not mean the material will not burn. Flame retardant treatments are not intended to protect against ignition from large open-flame devices (like a furnace or open-flame heater)

 

 

 

For additional assistance or information, please contact our Fire Marshal’s Office at (425) 276-9580.

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