Patio Heater

Patio heater safety tips

Propane heaters can help take the bite out of the cold when temperatures start to cool down. Propane is a safe, affordable and green energy choice – perfect for the patio! Knowing how to use patio heaters and open flame appliances safely will help everyone enjoy outdoor dining well into the fall and winter season.

Use Patio Heaters Outside Only

  • Propane cylinders should never be stored indoors.
  • Cylinders must be stored upright and safeguarded with protection that is tamper-proof and could withstand vehicle impact, such as a locked cage or fenced-in area.
  • If you need to store your patio heater indoors for security reasons, remove the propane cylinder first.


Look Up and Around

  • Install the heaters according to the manufacturers’ instructions regarding ceiling height clearance and proper distancing from any fire hazards, building openings or mechanical air intakes.
  • Fire hazards can be located around, above, or underneath heating units and can include combustible materials such as umbrellas, awnings, tent walls, tablecloths, paper products, decorations, etc.
  • Do not position patio heaters next to or in the path of an exit, including fire escapes. Do not obstruct firefighting equipment such as fire hydrants and fire department connections.
  • Do make sure that propane cylinders are not stored near operating heaters or smoking areas. A cylinder is in storage when not connected to an appliance


Keep Them Stable

  • Make sure heaters are on a stable surface so they do not get knocked over.
  • Do not install heaters on grass or an uneven sidewalk, or near the edge of an elevated platform.
  • Make sure all free-standing units have an anti-tilt feature.

Move Them with Care

  • Never move portable heaters while the flame is lit. Make sure the propane supply is properly shut off and the unit cool before relocating.
  • Use caution when moving propane cylinders to avoid dropping or impact.
  • Make sure heaters are on a stable surface so they do not get knocked over.


Safely Transport Cylinders

  • Disconnect cylinders and plug or cap all outlets before you go.
  • Never leave a cylinder in a parked vehicle with the windows up. Heat builds up quickly and could cause an explosive release of propane in the vehicle.
  • Always carry the cylinder in an upright position with the safety valve on top.
  • Do not transport cylinders in an enclosed space.
  • Open windows, a propped open trunk, or a ventilated truck box are safe ways to transport a cylinder.
  • Secure the cylinder in the upright position so it cannot tip over while you are driving.
  • Do not transport or use propane containers that are damaged, show signs of corrosion, have been exposed to fire, or appear to be leaking.

Weather Safety

There are a few things to consider to keep your family and your home as safe as possible, whether you are experiencing an icy storm, a devastating flood, a rare tornado or a fierce wildfire. The key is to be prepared.

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Monthly tips

Store and handle portable cylinders, such as barbecue cylinders, in an upright position, away from heat or sources of ignition, and in a secure, well-ventilated outdoor area.

Do not place your cylinder in household garbage or recycling containers. Contact your local propane provider for disposal options.

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