Safety Tips for Outdoor Gas Radiant Heating

Most important what is radiant gas powered heating?  Propane outdoor or patio heaters will give you warmth outside, for outdoor use ONLY.

Infrared is the same warmth we get from the sun but without burning.

If you have outside space then you will want to maximise that space and not use it just for summer time.  Safety precautions are important and these heaters use combustion during their use so can be very dangerous indoors.

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  • Patio heaters are for outdoor use in well-ventilated areas only
  • Do not use during high winds, wind can blow out the flame and/or tip the patio heater over, both scenarios can be very dangerous
  • Children should never be left in charge, or left alone with a patio heater
  • Make sure you know the workings of your patio heater before you begin, locate the on and off switches

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  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions first, make sure you have all the parts ready to assemble
  • Ensure all the panels, covers and guards are fitted correctly
  • Ensure that the heat reflector is securely placed above the emitter head
  • Ensure the patio heater is in position absolutely level to minimise the risk of it falling over
  • Ensure it is upright, stable, and on a surface that can bear the weight of the heater
  • Ensure the heater is in a well ventilated area with proper airflow
  • Ensure there is a minimum of at least 1 meter clearance around the patio heater
  • Never try to carry the heater
  • Never try to pull the patio heater by its fuel supply lead
  • Place the heater away from potential flammables, gazebos, trees, trellises
  • Make sure the ground around the heater is kept clean and clear of food debris, any foodstuffs, grease spills should be cleaned up from the floor surface

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  • Never, never try to move the patio heater once it is alight
  • If a gas leak happens, turn the patio heater off immediately
  • If there is a source of ignition call the emergency services do not delay
  • Ensure there is no chance of anything hanging close by, no risk of contact with anything flammable
  • Also beware of close by materials such as glass which can shatter in heat
  • Be aware of any other combustible materials close to the emitter head of the heater, wood, plants, plastics, butane lighters or any other flammable liquid
  • Position your heater in a shielded area so there is no risk of blowing out
  • Never hang any clothes, towels or any materials near the unit
  • Make sure people are aware of the heat output and the high surface temperature
  • Ensure anyone less able is not too close to the heater including children

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  • Wait for the burner to go out
  • Wait for it too cool down before you start to clean it or move it
  • Turn the gas off at the cylinder when it is not in use

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  • Check your hoses from time to time, they will suffer periodic wear and tear
  • Use an authorised agent or registered gas engineer for this
  • Check the hose and cylinder connection joints for leaks (use soapy water and check for bubbles), if any leaks show get the service engineer in
  • Check for any blockages/obstructions in the air holes or vents to ensure combustion (even a dusty old cobweb can create a blockage hazard)
  • Keep the equipment clean

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  • When not in use , your patio heater should be covered and stored out of the way
  • Your patio heater and gas cylinders should be stored outside and upright
  • Make sure it is stored somewhere clean, dry and safe
  • Store large patio heaters in a sheltered place to protect from winds
  • Ensure chemicals or flammables are not stored close to the heater


  • Never use a malfunctioning heater until it has been checked by an appropriate engineer
  • Always make sure it is serviced by a licensed gas worker when it has been stored away for a length of time
  • ONLY use gas equipment for its intended purpose
  • Ensure large quantities of LPG cylinders are stored securely outdoors under cover

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  • Ensuring a well ventilated area will ensure any gas to escape in the unlikely event of a gas leak!
  • Although it is common sense to check for good ventilation just have a look around
  • Make sure your heater is not obstructed by buildings
  • A large open space with roof cover is acceptable

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  • An enclosed space without a roof cover

Now all you need is the occasion to use your patio heater, above are all the associated hazards, and scary scenarios, however if you read through the safety tips from Patio Heaters HQ every season there is no reason to be afraid to go for the great outdoors and enjoy the fun of winter celebrations in your own backyard!