Propane Safety Tips for Camping

If you’re planning a camping trip this spring, make sure you’re prepared for temperatures dropping at night. Here are four propane tips that will help you keep warm and safe while camping.

  1. ONLY USE propane heaters that are approved for indoors use for enclosed areas. Indoor safe heaters will be identified as such on their packaging. They will have a built in safety feature that has an oxygen depletion system (ODS) that will shut off automatically if oxygen levels start to fall as well as a tip-over safety shut-off.
  2. NEVER USE a heater labeled for “outdoor use only” inside. Portable propane heaters designed for outdoor use act like an open flame to burn fuel and rapidly consume oxygen for combustion, creating carbon monoxide (CO) as a byproduct. Campers run the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, especially while sleeping.
  3. NEVER OPERATE a fuel-burning appliance overnight in an enclosed area while sleeping, even products labeled indoor safe. Again, you run the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
  4. Carbon monoxide poisoning is often detected too late. The symptoms are: headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness and confusion. If anyone experiences these symptoms should extinguish any possible CO source and move to an area with fresh air.