UL Standard for Safety Electric Baseboard Heating Equipment
|Publication Date:||31 August 2009|
These requirements cover portable and fixed electric baseboard heating equipment rated at 600 volts or less, to be employed in ordinary locations in accordance with the National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA 70.
Baseboard heating equipment includes baseboard heaters and baseboard heater accessories.
Electric baseboard heating equipment intended for use in a hazardous location is judged on the basis of compliance with the requirements in this standard, together with those recognized requirements applicable to usage in hazardous locations.
Any air heating appliance sold or recommended for use as a baseboard heater, irrespective of its dimensions or other characteristics, is to be identified as a baseboard heater. It will be categorized as a fixed or portable baseboard heater in accordance with the following:
a) Fixed - A heater is identified as a fixed baseboard heater if:
1) The heater is less than 6 in (150 mm) in overall depth, the ratio of the overall length to the overall height is more than two to one, and the heater can be installed completely within a space of 18 in (460 mm) above the floor; or
2) The heater enclosure is intended to be connected to other heater enclosures to form a system.
Exception: A heater intended for ceiling mounting or suspended mounting or marked "Do Not Install Less Than 6 Feet From Floor" is not considered to be a baseboard heater even if it meets the specifications in (1) or (2) above.
b) Portable - A portable heater is identified as a baseboard heater if, excluding projections of guard or feet, it is less than 5 in (130 mm) in depth and if the ratio of its overall length to its height without the handle is as follows:
Exception: A portable radiant heater which has a visible glowing heating element and which is not sold or recommended for use as a baseboard heater may be excluded as a baseboard heater even if it meets the dimensional specifications in (b) above. Such a heater may be judged under the requirements for movable air heaters in the Standard for Movable and Wall- or Ceiling-Hung Electric Room Heaters, UL 1278. For this determination, a radiant heater is one in which the visible portion of the heating element attains a temperature of at least 650° C (1200° F) under normal conditions of operation.