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Your Guide to Propane Heaters

Propane heaters are superior heating devices used in homes and other commercial usage for heating purposes. Because of its unmatched efficiency, environmentally-friendly and tidy features, the use of propane heaters become widely popular.

Uses of Propane Heaters

*Water heating. The use of propane heaters in water heating is 100% efficient as it can heat up large volumes of water in less time thus resulting decrease water heating bills.

*General heating. Because of propane heater's efficiency, it is more ideal to use for general heating compared to other heaters which tend to consume high amount of power and end up inflating electric bills.

*For emergency situations. Portable propane heaters are excellent choices in heating up cold days at campsites, workshops, outdoor parties or even during emergency situations.

Propane heaters are indeed safe and efficient to use, but as with any other heat source, safety precautions should be considered to protect yourself and others while using them. Improper and unsafe use of propane heaters can result to carbon monoxide poisoning. Over exposure to carbon monoxide can result to cardiovascular collapse, coma and even death.

To prevent such mishaps from happening, the following tips are listed as guide in using propane heaters safely:

*In case of a gas leak, turn off the gas supply (if it's safe to do so) and leave the area immediately. Do not use mobile phones, lighters or anything else that may produce sparks and result in a bigger accident until reaching a safe distance from the gas leak. Call emergency personnel and do not return to the area until given an all-clear signal.

*Keep children, pets and yourself away from portable propane heaters as its surface tends to be very hot. Better yet, to avoid burning yourself and others, set it up in a safe place.

*Choose a design of propane heater for specific purposes such as heaters to be placed on porches or for emergency heating. These models have safety features like automatic shutoff if the unit is tipped over and low-oxygen sensors.

*Do not leave turned-on propane heaters unattended or use it while sleeping.

*Do not use propane heaters that are damaged or have been submerged in water. If found damaged or is not functioning properly, have it inspected and repaired by a qualified technician.

*Before using propane heaters, make sure that is free from excessive dust, dirt or anything that may interfere with its function. Always check your owner's manual for maintenance recommendations.

*Never use fuel source that is not compatible with your propane heater's design. Check your heater's operating manual for the recommended fuel type and cylinder size, type and capacity.

*Always shut the gas supply off on the cylinder when turning off the propane heater. For some propane heater models, it is recommended that the gas supply be shut off and just allow the heater to use up the fuel in the supply line until the heater shuts off by itself.

*As with any other heat source, propane heaters may be a fire hazard if not used properly. So, keep the heater away from any flammable materials. Always place it on a non-flammable surface during its operation.


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