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Kerosene Heaters

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

Kerosene heaters also are prohibited in places of assembly that handle 50 or more people; day care centers; educational facilities; health care facilities; hotels and motels; highly ignitable buildings containing flammable liquids, vapors, explosives or dust; and buildings more than three stories high.

Other Kerosene Regulations

  • Only kerosene heaters bearing the mark of Under-writers laboratory 647 may be sold. 
  • Kerosene heaters may be used during hunting or camping activities.
  • Kerosene heaters may be used in agricultural buildings and outbuildings.
  • They 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 January 19, 2011

Revised April 6, 2016         


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