Are Propane Space Heaters Safe To Use Inside?
If you’re one of the many people preparing for an unpredictable winter, you may be looking at space heaters as a way to stay warm. But is it safe to use them? The short answer is yes, but only certain ones and only if used correctly. Read on to find out how you can safely keep your family warm this winter season.
Propane Heaters Provide Emergency Heat When The Power Goes Out
First, it’s important to mention why you would want a space heater in the first place. Propane space heaters are great for so many reasons, but most important is that they can provide emergency heat if the power goes out. Since they rely on propane instead of electricity, they can be operated when in extreme snow. Compared to costly backup generators, a new space heater is an economical way to gain peace of mind that your family will be warm all winter.
Yes, It Is Safe To Use Some Space Heaters Indoors
Now, the question at hand: can you use a propane space heater inside? Yes! But all heaters are not created equal. First and foremost, you can only use heaters rated for indoor use. Never use an outdoor space heater inside your home, as outdoor units release levels of carbon monoxide that are unsafe for indoor spaces. Even in emergency situations, outdoor units should not be used in enclosed spaces.
How To Safely Operate An Indoor Space Heater
Even when using a heater specifically rated for indoor use, you have to follow certain guidelines to stay safe. Every heater comes with instructions from the manufacturer on safe usage, so be sure to follow those guidelines every time. Aside from those, here are our tips for safe operation:
- Only use indoor space heaters inside. Never use an outdoor space heater (such as a torpedo heater or tank-mounted heater) inside.
- Purchase a unit that is appropriate for your space. As a quick rule of thumb, the BTU output of the heater should only be up to 2x the cubic volume of your room. As a local propane company for help figuring this out.
- Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe usage.
- Choose an indoor space heater that includes an ODS (Oxygen Depletion Sensor) which will shut the unit off in case of low oxygen levels.
- Install a carbon monoxide monitor anywhere you plan to use a space heater and test regularly (this is good advice even if you don’t use one).
- Only use in well-ventilated rooms, and only near a window or vent to allow airflow.
- Never leave heaters running unattended, or while you are sleeping.
- Keep the heater on a flat, non-flammable service such as concrete or brick, and three feet away from clothing or loose fabric.
Need A New Space Heater? Trust Euliss
Euliss is the locally-owned propane company with real, local staff. If you want to keep your family safe with propane space heaters, get in touch. We’ll help you choose the perfect units for your home!