Indoor propane heater safety

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Propane heaters use pressurised gas to heat individual areas in a home. Consider some basic safety and equipment factors to help prevent home fires and asphyxiation when deciding whether to use a propane heater to heat your home.

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Equipment

Make sure all the parts of the propane heater system--hoses, nozzles and other connection devices are compatible with each other. If parts are not compatible, dangerous fumes could leak into the room.

Prevention

Check regularly for leaks from your propane heater between worn connection devices or other parts of the system by visually inspecting for holes from wear and taking note of any abnormal smells coming from the heater. Install carbon monoxide detectors in the home to help detect increased levels of carbon monoxide from the heater.

Consideration

Propane heaters require proper ventilation to function. Ventilate each room in which a propane heater is used regularly.

Types

Indoor propane heaters come in two types: portable heaters and wall-mounted heaters. Portable heaters can be moved between rooms and do not require electricity. Portable heaters should only be placed on stable surfaces clear from flammable materials. Wall-mounted heaters are larger and require electricity to function. Wall-mounted heaters must be vented through an exhaust pipe leading outside the house.

Properties

Propane gas is colourless, odourless and non-toxic. A colourless gas, called mercaptan, is added to propane to give it a noxious smell. This helps people detect leaks in propane heaters if they smell the mercaptan.

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