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The County is taking a number of actions to keep residents safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19. Find status information for County operations and services.

Kerosene Heaters

The Baltimore County Fire Prevention Code, Chapter 11, prohibits the use of portable kerosene heaters in multifamily dwellings, including apartments and condominiums.

Kerosene heaters also are prohibited in the following:

  • Places of assembly that handle 50 or more people
  • Day care centers
  • Educational facilities
  • Health care facilities
  • Hotels and motels
  • Ignitable buildings containing flammable liquids, vapors, explosives or dust
  • Buildings more than three stories high

Other Kerosene Regulations

  • Only kerosene heaters bearing the mark of Underwriters Laboratories 647 may be sold.
  • Kerosene heaters may be used during hunting or camping activities.
  • Kerosene heaters may be used in agricultural buildings and outbuildings.
  • Kerosene heaters may be used in buildings under construction and in commercial establishments (other than the prohibited uses listed above) as long as they do not block exits.
Revised July 10, 2019         


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