As temperatures drop, the Tulsa Health Department would like to remind Tulsa County residents of the importance of safe and adequate heat for your home or apartment.
According to the International Property Maintenance Code Section 602.3, adequate and safe heat sources must be available to occupants of living structures no later than October 15 of each year. The heater must warm the living space to a minimum of 65°F. Space heaters are not considered a primary heat source, and should only be used to supplement permanent heat sources.
The Tulsa Health Department offers these tips:
• If space heaters must be used, keep them three feet from anything that can burn and on a hard floor surface.
• Gas heaters must have safety devices and be approved to be used in some living spaces.
• Chimneys and wood burning stoves should be properly vented and properly cleaned and maintained
• Never use a cook stove to heat a living area.
• Space heaters should also be UL approved and be plugged directly into a wall socket.
• Buy a unit with a tip-over safety switch, to shut off the heating element if the heater falls over.
• Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
• Install and maintain smoke detectors in your home.
For questions regarding your heat source, please contact the environmental division