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Portable Heater Mistakes To Avoid

Portable Heater Mistakes To Avoid

It’s getting colder out there! Making sure your gas portable heater is working properly must be a top priority. This can decrease the chances of unwanted heater mishaps. When renting out a portable heater, you want to ensure construction projects are completed successfully and without setbacks. Lack of knowledge when operating a portable heater might lead to unexpected malfunctions. Luckily, we’re here to help! Here are some portable heater mistakes to avoid:

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Mistake #1: Restricting Ventilation Of The Portable Heater Duct

Portable Heater - HVF 410

A common mistake users make when setting up a portable heater is bending the heater duct. Bending the duct creates an obstacle for the warm air and restricts proper air flow. If the air is unable to flow freely throughout the duct, the heater will eventually shut off. The best thing to do is to make sure the duct is set up straight. Reducing the bends on the heater prevents overheating. As a result, your heater will be able to maximize its efficiency and prevent delays on your project.

 

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Mistake #2: Not Troubleshooting Your Portable Heater Correctly​

Portable Heater - F-400T Direct Fired Heater Set-up

Most of the times a user comes across heater malfunctions, the fastest way to fix the issue is to turn to troubleshooting instructions. Luckily, the issue is most likely a quick “troubleshoot fix” away. However, instructions can sometimes be overlooked or misread.  Taking the time to carefully read through the instructions and following the indicated steps will most likely solve your heater malfunction. For instance, in a lot of the cases things like checking the power outlet, gas tank, or leaks could indicate the issue. If you’ve rented out an On Site standard or ground heater, please make use of our troubleshooting checklist.  We provide an easy step-by-step guide for our heater users. Carefully read through instructions before turning to professional assistance.

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Mistake #3: Improper Placement Of Thermostat

Premier 170 Direct Fired Heater Thermostat

A portable heater’s thermostat ultimately controls the way the heater is going to function. Particularly the temperature of the heat output, as well as the amount of gas consumed. The placement of the heater thermostat control could affect the readings. Our heat technicians advise not to place the thermostat control on the floor. This could result in inaccurate temperature readings. The thermostat control would be best placed close by the heater and off the floor. As a result, this could prevent portable heater mistakes caused by imprecise temperature readings.

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Mistake #4: Not Having Enough Gas Tanks For Your Portable Heater

Portable Heater -Direct Fired Enclosed Flame Heater On Site

Deciding on the amount and size of a gas tank for your heater could be a tricky task. Without proper knowledge on the specifications of your heater, you could mistakenly set up your heater with the wrong amount of gas. Some factors to take into consideration when purchasing gas tanks for your heater are the space where it will be placed, as well as the heater’s BTU (British Thermal Units).

One way to determine the amount of liquid propane for your heater is to base yourself out of the fact that the heater requires 1.1 gallons of liquid propane for every 100,000 BTU. You can determine the BTUs by taking a look at the product’s specifications. For On Site heaters, you can easily find this information on every heater product page. For example, our F400T  and S405 Direct Fired Heaters have a heat output of 400,000 BTU/hr. This means that these particular heaters use about 4.4 GPH (gallons per hour) of liquid propane, or 400 CFH (cubic feet per hour) of natural gas. Our On Site Heat Technicians advise users to rent these heaters out with at least four 100-gallon gas tanks for proper functionality.

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Mistake #5: Choosing The Wrong Portable Heater

Portable Heater - Q375 Convection Heater

Choosing the right heater for your project is essential to prevent any mishaps on site. The correct type of heater to rent out could depend on how far along the construction project is. For example, convection heaters are only recommended if there’s no power on site. This makes them ideal to use when the construction project is on its foundation stages. The flame of the heater can be measured with its gas tank, which makes it more difficult to use when the project is more advanced. For more advanced projects, our On Site Heat Technicians recommend switching to direct fired, indirect fired, or direct fired enclosed flame heaters.

 

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To sum up, stay ahead of any unwanted portable heater mistakes! Be informed how to properly operate your portable heater. For your convenience, we can provide you with the best temporary heating solutions. Want to make sure you are well informed and rent the right heater for you? Call us now at 800.210.8407 or request a quote online and an On Site representative will gladly reach out to you.

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Winter Construction Success – 5 Must Haves

Winter Construction Success - 5 Must Haves

“There are two seasons in the Midwest, winter season and construction season”. We have all heard of this joke before! Yes, it would be ideal to complete all construction projects during the summer, but when your winter season lasts nearly 7 months, some Midwesterners are forced to work on their construction projects in extremely cold weather. It is still possible to have a successful construction project during the winter. Here are our 5 must haves to ensure winter construction success:

 

The Right Heater for Your Site

S1505 Direct Fired Heater On Site

Choosing the right heater for your job site can depend on different factors. To get started on gearing up your construction site for the winter, here are five types of heaters you could use to keep your job site and team warm during those working hours:

  1. Direct Fired Heaters – used at construction sites where efficiency is top priority. The job site must have enough clearance for placement.
  2. Indirect Fired Heaters – used at locations where safety is top priority. Often used at locations that have occupants.
  3. Direct Fired Enclosed Flame Heaters – used for job sites or special events where top priority is having easily duct-able heat.
  4. Electric Heaters – used for locations that have access to electricity and where non-combustible heat is required.
  5. Convection Heaters – used for construction sites with no available electricity or natural gas line.

Other Portable Heating Solutions to Consider for Winter Construction Success

E3000 Hydronic Ground Heater and Thawing Blankets on site

The biggest challenge when working at a construction site during the winter is probably curing concrete. Concrete tends to have a difficult time setting when temperatures are too low. You should consider using a ground thawing unit as well as thawing blankets to ensure that concrete cures without difficulty. Ground heaters thaw frozen ground, cure concrete, prevent frost, and provide temporary air heat for your job site. Pairing the unit with ground thaw blankets also allows to spread the heat around the area and make your construction project more productive.

 

Having Technical Support Available for Heater Malfunction

950H Direct Fired Heater On Site

If you’re making good use of heating equipment at your construction site, you might come across equipment malfunction. Do not fear! Typically, these malfunctions are a result of user errors. They are quick and easy fixes if you have the proper equipment. We strongly recommend checking out our Portable Heater Troubleshooting Guide on your own before calling for help. If you are still having issues, having Heat Technician assistance would be recommended to make sure you don’t fall behind on construction deadlines. At On Site, we have state of the art equipment and Heat Technicians that available to deliver, set up, and pick up up heaters. They are also available to assist in troubleshooting by phone or on site if needed. Customers should call 651-429-3781 to get in touch.

 

“Winter-Proof” Portable Restroom for Winter Construction Success

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Preparing your portable restroom rental for winter constructions is also an important factor to consider. Portable restrooms are usually outdoors and exposed to the freezing temperatures. To best winterize your portable restrooms, make sure to include a portable restroom electric space heater when renting out a unit. At On Site, our Sanitation Technicians fill the portable restroom tanks with a methanol mixture to prevent the water and waste from freezing. Making sure job site workers can comfortably make use of a restroom can ensure productivity for your construction project.

 

A Safe Working Environment for Your Team

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Employers must always make sure to comply with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standards to keep their employees safe in the workplace.  Personal protective equipment (PPE) can protect workers from most hazards, but workers must also consider hazards related to extreme cold weather. OSHA does not have specific safety requirements for winter constructions. However, they do provide guidelines that employers should follow to protect workers from the dangers of cold stress . Some of these guidelines include training workers on cold weather safety. Making sure they have the proper tools and gear for cold weather also keeps them safe.

 

The On Site Solution for Your Winter Construction Success

Don’t let the freezing temperatures scare you! Winter construction success is still possible if you make sure your job site is properly equipped. At On Site Companies, we can provide you with a wide selection of portable heaters and winterized portable restrooms for your job site. Not sure which heater is best for your project? Contact us for a personalized service from one of our representatives. You can also call us or request a quote today for the best heating and sanitation solutions!

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Cold Weather Safety Requirements & OSHA

Cold Weather Safety Requirements & OSHA

The end of summer is the best time to set up construction sites for cold weather. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) keeps guidelines up to date to keep workers safe. Are there any cold weather safety requirements? OSHA has not set specific safety requirements for working in freezing environments. However, exposing workers to extremely cold weather for long periods of time could cause serious physical harm. This conflicts with OSHA regulations (Section A(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970). Therefore, employers are accountable for the safety of their workers. OSHA advises the following four ways to keep employees out of harm’s way during dangerously cold workdays.

 

Training on Cold Weather Safety 

Workers should know how to recognize the effects of being exposed to freezing temperatures. This is why employers must train them on working through hazardous conditions. Some of these conditions might include slippery roads and gusty, cold winds. One of the worst dangers workers face in extreme cold weather is cold stress. Cold stress results in cold-related illnesses and injuries. Workers should also be trained on recognizing symptoms to prevent injuries or illnesses.

 

Proper Tools (engineering controls for cold weather)

To reduce the likelihood of cold stress, employers could set engineering controls in place. As an example, electric heaters could be used to keep the workplace warm and comfortable for employees. For the construction industry, there are many types of heaters available to successfully complete projects in cold weather. The use of these benefits workers and decreases their exposure to hazardous working conditions.

 

Work Practices for Cold Weather Safety 

Implementing work practices that ensure worker safety is crucial to preventing injuries and illnesses. OSHA advises employers to consider providing workers with the right equipment and protection from cold weather. Employers must also keep weather conditions in mind when sending them out and limit exposure time to very cold temperatures. They should be constantly monitoring weather conditions to ensure cold weather safety. Be sure to keep an eye on workers and provide them with warm liquids. This will ensure their well-being while on the job. Finally, it’s recommended to optimize the flow of communication. This is crucial in case of emergencies that may occur due to hazardous working conditions.

 

Proper Gear (warm clothing)

One of the top risk factors of cold stress is dressing improperly while working in cold weather. OSHA does not have specific requirements set for ordinary clothing besides personal protective equipment (PPE) when applicable. However, employers should still give workers winter weather gear to protect them from the dangers of cold stress. A few layers of wool or synthetic clothing would be a great. A hat capable of covering ears is a necessity. A knit mask for the face would also be helpful. Insulated and waterproof gloves will protect  hands from frostbite. Insulated boots are needed to protect the feet.

 

The On Site Solution

Even though OSHA does not have cold weather safety requirements, they do have guidelines for employers to use in the workplace. These guidelines would best prepare their workers who work in cold weather. At On Site Companies, we can provide a wide range of high quality portable heaters to keep your works safe through cold weather. These heaters would also keep your construction site operational and productive during winter season. Call us today or request a quote for the best temporary heating solutions.

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