For all outdoor heating, gas patio heaters are the best choice. Your guests will welcome the warmth when partying outdoors, besides providing an ambiance to the entire party which can very well be an envious thing for other people. The heaters are now available in a variety of models, brands and styles, but they all need careful handling. The following precautions will help you to handle the patio heater, and make sure you will have assured safety while handling them.
Keep all your children and pets away from the heater, especially when the heater is operating. Ensure they move about only under your supervision. Since the heater produces a lot of heat, it can cause serious burn injuries. You should also let your guests know about the heat produced by the patio hater when it is in use.
Though it is tempting to dry your towel on the heater after a good swim, it is a dangerous thing to do. Do not hang any kind of clothes or towels on the patio heater. Since these are inflammable material, they should not be anywhere near the heaters. A fire hazard is waiting to happen which can be dangerous to everyone, since their clothes might get scorched.
Do not use these heaters indoors. This is also hazardous. The gas fumes can escape even during its use outdoors. Do not use the gas patio heater in windy atmosphere outdoors. Due to high velocity winds, the heater may be knocked down causing an instant fire, or the heaters flame can be blown away causing a gas leak. Gas fumes are dangerous to breathe in and doing so could land you in the local emergency room.
Always mount the outdoor patio heater on a flat surface, away from windows and doors which have lots of traffic. If someone knocks down your heater, a fire may be the result. Also do not allow debris to collect beneath the heater, and the cleanliness around the area should be maintained.
Gas patio heaters should be used in a properly ventilated place. If there are any obstructions for flow of free air, your must mend them, otherwise gas can escape. In case gas leaks, do not operate the heater, either indoor or outdoor porch or patio.
While the heater is not being operated, debris should be removed to keep the area clean. Do not allow any kind of obstructions block the air vents and holes on the heater. Spider webs also can cause a blockage. Check your hose connected to the heater for any possible gas leaking. Use soap-water to clean the holes and air vents in case you find any obstructions. If gas is found to be leaking, do not repair it yourself. Take it to an expert for repair. Never allow rain to drench the heater, and whenever the heater is not in use, use a waterproof cover specially designed for these heaters.
Read and understand all the conditions in the instructions manual provided with the Gas Patio Heater. Until such time that you have understood all the things given in the instructions manual do not attempt to switch the heater on. If you require additional explanations you can always get them from dealers. Never switch on the gas patio heaters till you have thoroughly understood their operation.