Be Safe When Using Outdoor Heating Sources

Be Safe When Using Outdoor Heating Sources

To maximize the number of days and nights they can enjoy out on the patio or in the backyard, many homeowners purchase fireplaces or heaters. They certainly make spending chilly evenings outside more comfortable.


But these devices aren’t without risk. Do you know how to protect your family and visiting friends for potential hazards?

Gas or Propane Units

Practical and inexpensive, gas or propane heaters and fireplaces are popular in Quebec. They are an ideal heating option for drinking your morning coffee outside or taking a nap in the hammock. Here are a few tips to make sure your set-up is safe:

Beware of fallen leaves. Leaving any flammable object near the device is a bad idea. Piles of leaves, lawn clippings or branches placed too close to your gas appliance can catch fire.

Replace the propane tank as needed. Indeed, this type of reservoir won’t last forever! If it is starting to show signs of wear or if it is past its expiration date, don’t take any chances: exchange it for a new tank. Plus, the tank is usually free with a propane fill-up!

But what should you do with your old tank? Don’t leave it lying around in the garage or backyard. It could be knocked around and damaged, which could cause an accident.

Check for potential leaks. The pipes, connections and nozzle must be regularly inspected to make sure they are not leaking. If you smell gas, turn off the device immediately and seal the leak before switching it on again.

Don’t overdo it. If you own an outdoor gas heater, be aware that certain models are not designed for use over prolonged periods. Read the manufacturer’s instructions!

Wood Fireplaces

Have you been using your fireplace all summer long to roast marshmallows? The fireplace can continue to be a focal point of outdoor gatherings now that fall has arrived. But the same safety rules apply!

Wait for it to get dark. To be able to see any sparks that leap out of the flames and might cause a fire, it’s best to wait for after nightfall to light your fireplace.

Position it away from fragile materials. The heat generated by the flames can melt your shed’s and even your house’s outdoor siding! The sparks can likewise ignite nearby piles of dead leaves.

Don’t burn waste. It may be tempting to throw leaves, branches, and all manner of plastic garbage into the fire. Nevertheless, this is prohibited in most municipalities and with good reason: the resulting smoke is harmful to the environment and human health (consider your neighbours!).

Don’t employ flammable liquids to ignite your fire. Some people think resorting to accelerants like gasoline is perfectly acceptable. In fact, this is dangerous and, therefore, prohibited in most municipalities.


No matter which type of outdoor device you use, never leave it burning unattended if you want to avoid accidents and fires. You can now take full advantage of fine fall days, whether it be in your backyard or on your balcony! 

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