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Portable Propane Heater Safety
It can kill: Propane heaters release carbon monoxide (CO) and are responsible for many deaths every year in the US. CO is odorless, tasteless and invisible and is poisonous. Propane / kerosene or any fuel heater must be used in a well ventilated space or with a proper exhaust system. Early signs of CO poisoning are headaches, nausea, irritability and confusion. Even low doses can do permanent brain injury. ...Read more
Safety is a topic that includes recommendations for making the home and outdoor environments safe, especially for kids. This topic includes ideas on childproofing cabinets, keeping dangerous items locked up, ensuring balconies and stairs are safe, covering wiring and outlets, fencing off pools, staying away from cars, watching ...Read more
Used propane heater in a 5x10ft area for 20 min w/ door closed Dizzy at 1st, but while driving had headache & nausea. Nausea better now, CO poisoning?
POSSIBLE if the heater is poorly ventilated!!!
A CO alarm in the area is probably a good idea. ...NO?
Hope this helps!
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Is it possible a portable heater could make my nursery a little too humid & warm, causing my babies to get sick more easily?
Unlikely: Heaters will actually dry out a room, not make it humid. Often, the humidity can drop 10% or more in a room with a heater compared to the rest of the house. A simple humidity gauge can help you monitor the situation. Many run on button batteries and can register rapid change in humidity. The preferred humidity within a kid space runs 40-45%.Above 50% you increase dust mites, below 30% they cough. ...Read more
Propane fumes: Yes. Poisoning depends on the amount of propane fumes, the length of time of exposure, the concentration of the fumes, whether there is any ventilation, and the age and health of the person exposed. ...Read more
Car induced headache: Consider a carbon monoxide leak into your car. Drive with a window open and have a check for carbon monoxide levels. Excessive heat in the car can contribute to headaches headache especially if the windows are closed and there is a lot of up and down movement of the car. Sit in the front seat. ...Read more
No.: Not typically. Small water systems and those at temps above 120 f are not a significant source of contamination. ...Read more
Been using space heater close to my skin for 2 months. I've stopped but my skin hurts, what should I do?
Erythema ab igne: No more sitting close to the heater. Soak in shower-not too hot--and rub in moisturizer lotion. A little cool water may help. ...Read more
Ask them: I would imagine a lot of dust, household chemicals etc can build up all winter while the doors and windows are closed. Opening the windows will vent all of that. Dust mites are a little trickier to get rid of. But of course open windows bring new dust and allergens. And possibly new insects. So you kinda need to know what you yourself want out of it. Personally I enjoy the fresh air. ...Read more
What would cause a sensation of warmth on my back? It feels like I have my back pressed against a heater.
Propane Poisoning: Propane is a colorless and odorless flammable gas. This gas takes the place of oxygen is the lungs making it difficuly to breathe. Symptoms are:burning sensation, convulsions, cough, diarrhea, dizziness, fever, nausea, vomiting, and nervousness. Call poison control if this suspected at 1-800-222-1222. ...Read more
Falling on chest?: Seriously, propane or other combustion in an enclosed space can cause carbon monoxide buildup and death. Electric is thought to dry the air ; annoy nasal passages/upper airways. Practically speaking, all are ok as long as used properly, may consider moisturizing air if dry ; be sure ventilated if small / tight space. ...Read more
Many kinds.: Avoid those with visible metal heating elements which can cause fire. Models using ceramic heating elements are safer and not costly. A built in thermostat is a great feature to automatically shut the device off when the air temperature is right. Keep in mind that all heaters dry air. A humidifier in winter is a good thing! ...Read more
Well, uh....yeah: Bad idea.Get a more detailed answer ›
If you have a propane tank system, contact a propane supplier. Turn off valves on the system, and leave valves closed until the supplier inspects your system.
If have kids/elders: Small children and seniors cannot tolerate high temperature hot water contact, even briefly, and may lack the motor or sensory abilities to remove exposed body parts in time to prevent significant burns. 140f increases the required exposure to burn time signficantly. Can also help save gas / electricity. ...Read more
Re-direct: This is not an appropriate question for a medical board. You can get a better, more informed, and more detailed answer from your local fire department. ...Read more
Is kerosene fumes bad we just in hooked a old heater and it's got a lil bit of smell is there and danger to that or the fumes from it?
Carbon Monoxide: You need to be absolutely sure that this unit does not release Carbon Monoxide (CO); get a monitor immediately; they are not expensive and can be life saving; ...Read more
I think my heater fan is giving me a headache. Is that possible? I sleep next to it because its so small. But could it be causing me to feel bad
Gas!: It depends on whether your heat source is gas or electric. If gas then don't use the heater until it is checked. Monoxide can be deadly. Wish you well. ...Read more
I don't feel my body overheating at night, but everyone who has laid near me has told me I'm like a mini heater. Like I'm really hot. Why is this?
Some: People may have a higher core body temperature that is usually normal. If you have no symptoms and have a normal temperature, it is okay ...Read more
I'm scared I unknowingly poisoned my family by burning old fencing given away as 'firewood' in nov-dec. Had no $ for propane. What signs might I see?
Depends: If the wood had been treated with a chemical like creosol, burning it will get the chemical vapor in the air which can be quite an irritant. ...Read more