Spring has arrived and it’s another perfect time for camping. Since spring camping can mean lower temperatures and frequent changes in weather, it pays to plan carefully. Knowing safety measures on how to buy and use your camping heaters is one important precaution we can take.
Like all camping gear, safety begins with researching the brands and types of products that are efficient and safe to use. There are so many ways to do this: browse manufacturer’s websites, read product brochures and ask experts. Where electricity source is not available, propane heaters are the safest and best tent heaters to use.
It pays to invest in multipurpose heaters that you can also use for water heating. Choose the portable latest models as they can be used inside your tent for maximum heat and warmth. Your heater should have built-in safety mechanisms like Oxygen Depletion Sensor and low oxygen automatic shut-off system. Buy models that have “designed for indoor use” labels. Reliable brands usually offer longer guarantee periods.
Even if you have been camping for years, do not ever skip reading the product manual. There could be modifications on the usual instructions or other safety precautions that the manufacturer opted to include. Always check for any leaks in the heater before even packing them for the camping. A good to detect leaks is by smelling. This is because propane gas gives off an odor similar to the smell of rotten eggs. Your heaters should be placed inside the camping tent at least six inches away from the side, one to four feet from the top and at least three feet in front. Anything with flammable materials like sleeping bags, clothes or plastic containers should be placed away from the heater.
Remember that propane heaters still use oxygen to produce heat. It is therefore vital that you supply adequate ventilation inside the tent. This will allow air to circulate well inside the tent and prevent suffocation. It would be helpful to leave a window open. Use your heater according to its purpose and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Do not use your camping heaters for cooking, as areading light, to toast your bread or to dry wet clothes.