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Are Propane Heaters Safe for Indoors?

Date: July 22, 2019

Indoor heating

Propane heaters serve a lot of purposes. They can provide heating to spaces where your Arizona home’s HVAC system doesn’t reach, like a sunporch, garage, workshop or shed.

With an indoor propane heater, you can work on your car in the garage, do projects in a workshop, turn your back yard shed into a man-cave or a she-shed, or enjoy the view from your sunporch year-round. Indoor propane heaters are also ideal for today’s trendy tiny homes.

Propane indoor heaters heat a space faster and more efficiently with lower energy costs than an electric indoor heater.

You have a choice when it comes to propane indoor heaters for your Arizona home. There are portable indoor propane heaters, wall-mounted propane indoor heaters, forced air propane indoor heaters and radiant indoor propane heaters.

Indoor propane space heater safety

Used properly, indoor propane heaters are safe. Here are some key tips to make sure you are using your propane indoor heater safely:

  • Choose a propane heater that’s the right size for your room or space, and carries the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) label.
  • Your indoor propane heater should have features such as a low oxygen sensor, high-temperature coated safety guard on the front, overheat protection and automatic shutoff if it tips over.
  • Carefully read manufacturer’s instructions before using your propane indoor space heater.
  • Make sure your propane indoor space heater is installed on a non-combustible surface away from where people walk and that it is positioned safely away from combustible materials such as furniture, curtains, doors, bedding and towels. If you use a wall-mounted room heater, make sure your wall material is non-combustible.
  • Never place anything on top of an indoor propane space heater.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home, or the space where you use your indoor propane space heater.
  • If you have a portable propane indoor space heater, do not move it while it is on. If you need to move it, turn it off. Then wait for your propane indoor heater to cool before you try to move it.
  • Never leave an indoor propane heater unattended. Turn the heater off when you leave the room. And make sure your propane indoor space heater is turned off before you go to bed.
  • If your propane indoor heater has a yellow or orange flame instead of a blue one, stop using it immediately and contact your Arizona propane provider or your propane appliance technician.
  • Never use a propane indoor space heater to dry clothes.
  • Keep children and pets away from indoor propane space heaters.
  • Maintain your indoor propane space heater regularly according to manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure the heater is turned off and cool before doing anything with it.
  • Use your vacuum cleaner’s hose attachment to carefully vacuum up any dust on the outside of the propane indoor space heater and on the grilles.
  • Never spray air fresheners, deodorants, aerosol spray cleaners or hair spray near an indoor propane space heater.
  • Have your vented propane indoor space heater inspected annually.
  • Make sure pathways to all of a space’s exits are clear when you’re using your indoor propane space heater.
  • Before you begin using your propane indoor heater, make sure you know about propane safety. Your Arizona propane provider can also help with propane safety information.

Find out more about propane heaters and how they can work in your home or RV, and on your camping trip. Contact your local Arizona propane supplier today!