Stay warm during an emergency with a propane heater
Portable propane heaters can provide warmth in an emergency situation when power is not available. Even in homes equipped with a gas or oil furnace for heat, electricity may be required to start the furnace. Thus, if electrical power is not available, a backup heater can help to keep people warm and comfortable.
The heat produced by propane space heaters is measured in BTUs (British thermal units). A heater that produces 10,000 to 12,000 BTUs will provide sufficient heat for a medium-sized room.
Outdoor propane heaters are not meant for use inside, as these heaters consume oxygen and can emit dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. For this reason, it is critical never to use a heater designed for outdoor use inside your house, especially when sleeping. There are many newer indoor propane heaters which are specifically designed to be safe for use inside. These heaters are equipped with a special oxygen depletion sensor (ODS). This sensor will automatically shut the heater off if it detects levels of carbon monoxide that are dangerous. Even with a heater designed for indoor use, it is not recommended that you leave the heater on while sleeping.
Propane gas heaters utilize propane as their fuel. Propane is readily available in most locations in the United States, and it burns clean with no odor. Many propane heaters come equipped with a full-sized propane tank as well as a smaller canister; while the smaller container is convenient, it generally only holds enough propane for a few hours of operation. Propane water heaters are also available and can provide hot water even when electricity is not available; propane stoves help you cook when no other power source is available.
Space heaters, including those powered by propane, are implicated in 25,000 residential fires each year. Ensure that you operate a propane heater safely by:
- Following manufacturer's instructions carefully
- Filling out and mailing in the warranty card so you will be notified if there is a product recall
- Watching that children and pets carefully when the heater is on
Why Is a Propane Heater Important in a Disaster Kit?
- Emergency situations often knock out power supplies which would otherwise propel your home's heating system.
- A propane heater provides much-needed warmth when power is out during an emergency in a cold-weather location.
Things to Consider When Buying a Propane Heater
- How many BTUs should the propane heater have?
- Should I purchase a propane heater for indoor or outdoor use?
- What safety features does the propane heater have?
Top Brands of Propane Heaters
- Mr. Heater