The Dangers of Portable Heaters in RV’s
Are you spending this holiday season RV traveling? As the winter season gets colder, RV owners must beware of the dangers when it comes to portable heaters.
According to an article at prweb.com, “The Cold Winters RVing”
“Fall weather also brings colder temperatures and the possibility of a bone-chilling rain, or even snow, that can keep campers huddled inside their tents, truck caps and RVs to keep warm. That’s when campers consider using a portable propane heater to keep out the cold. And if they are operating a portable heater that is not designed for indoor-safe use, there is a serious risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
“There are portable propane heaters specifically designed and approved for temporary indoor use,” states Dennis Pavan, a spokesman for CampSafe.org, an online camping and product safety information website. “When you are shopping for a portable heater, the most important step consumers should take when considering the purchase of a portable propane heater is to read the packaging and make sure it is identified as “Indoor-Safe” for use indoors in well-ventilated enclosures when instructions and warnings accompanying the product are properly followed.”
Today, there are a variety of indoor-safe portable propane heaters available at major retailers of various shapes and sizes. According to CampSafe, if the heater operates by mounting it on a 20lb LP tank, like the ones used for barbeque grills, it is most likely not safe for indoor use. Portable propane heaters that use a small 1lb propane cylinder to operate are mainly associated with indoor-safe models.
Carbon monoxide dangers can be avoided by using portable heaters that feature an oxygen depletion system (ODS) that shuts off automatically if fresh air circulation is reduced below a safe level. Campers should also be cautious to never use any heaters identified as an”outdoor-only” propane-fueled camping product inside a tent, cabin, camper, truck cap, trailer, RV or other enclosure.” To read the entire article click here.