Recently, the management at my employer distributed a list of expectations, or do’s plus don’ts. It covers just about everything, such as ‘do’ get to task on time plus ‘don’t’ take a holiday morning after a holiday weekend. ‘Do’ recycle papers plus ‘don’t’ leave your food for extended periods in the employee cut room. And since the weather has turned cooler, there was also list for space furnace use! Many of us keep an electric space furnace nearby for extra freezing days. Many items on the list make perfect sense, such as keep flammable items at least 3 feet away from the space heater. Also, space heating systems should not be sited close to water. In an office setting, that might not seem to apply – until you accidentally tip over your water bottle, and electric space heating systems obviously have cords, so they ‘do’ for this is that cords should not be where they could cause someone to trip or site the cord under something that could pinch the wires. Finally from the ‘do’ list, it’s imperative to use only heating systems that have the Underwriters Laboratories safety mark on them. And older, cheaper models, can absolutely pose a fire hazard. For the ‘don’t’ list, you shouldn’t use an extension cord attached to the space heater. The only exception would be if the cord is the correct gauge size plus type for the heater. Also, ‘don’t’ use an electric space furnace to dry clothes or unfreeze pipes, both which can lead to burns. Finally, ‘don’t’ use a space furnace in a bathroom, where there’s exposure to water plus electrical shock. My fellow employees have acquired our orders with mixed feelings, but I’m cheerful for the reminder about our safety.