Propane Construction Heater Safety
Temporary propane construction heaters are crucial to keeping projects running smoothly as Bay Area temperatures dip though the winter months – but they do need special care if they are to be used safely.
If you have installed a temporary heating for your construction site (or plan to), be sure to follow the safety tips below. If you need a temporary construction heating solution for your Northern California project, contact us for a FREE, no obligation estimate on our comprehensive design, maintenance, and commercial propane fueling services.
- Keep heaters away from combustible materials and vapors
- Place your heaters on cement, on the ground outside your building, or on some other stable, fire-resistant material
- Keep a four-foot perimeter around your heater clear
- If you are experiencing problems with your portable construction heater, try these troubleshooting tips.
- If your heater won’t stay lit or doesn’t produce a spark – or you smell gas –discontinue use immediately and contact us for professional propane equipment service.
- Always keep tanks in an upright position; this will keep the relief valve in contact with vapor, preventing further risks.
- Choose a firm, flat, dry area at least six feet from any heater.
- Proper ventilation is critical because heaters produce carbon monoxide – an odorless gas that can be deadly if it is allowed to build. Keep all rooms well ventilated by strategically opening windows around the worksite.
- Install propane leak detectors as required by law.
- Ask a temporary heating professional for more ways to keep your worksite properly vented.
Cracked, leaky or obstructed hoses can be dangerous. To prevent hose problems,
- Avoid running hoses through non-secured doorways; this can lead to hose damage or punctures.
- If your hose runs through a window, block the window to avoid pinching the hose.
- Avoid exposing your hoses to extreme heat.
Have any other questions about propane heater safety or construction-site propane services in Northern CA? Contact the pros at Allied Propane today – we’re here to help!