With the large variety of heaters on the market, safety considerations are a must when deciding on the outdoor heating solution for you. Whether it’s a fire pit, gas or electric heater, the dangers they might expose must be taken into consideration when deciding on a unit. The main factors that should be considered are who will be exposed to the heater: children, pets or just adults and the environment it will be installed; main thing to consider is how windy it gets.
The cheapest option in terms of running costs is the fire pit, but unfortunately you sacrifice safety – with fire pits ranking as the least safe option. The danger lay in the fact that all the heat is generated so close to the floor, which means the safety hazard for pets and children substantially increases. The fact that there are embers means in windy conditions embers could act as fire starters.
The safety of gas heaters is constantly improving, the days where wind could blow units over and out are coming to an end with innovations by heater makers. Gas heaters are evolving from the traditional patio heater, which while being out of reach from your little ones could be knocked over and hit someone or possibly leak. These risks have seen manufacturers move towards wall and ceiling mounted gas units, which significantly reduce these risks.
If you do have a heater which connects to LPG here are some ways you can increase the safety of your unit, we recommend that all the components are from the same manufacturer; this means your hoses, nozzles and regulators. The benefit of sticking to the same manufacturer is that they are more compatible, which will reduce the likelihood of damage to your home and leaks occurring.
The safest outdoor heating solution by far is the electrical heater; the most dangerous aspect of the heater is touching the actual heater, which is very easily avoided. While being very safe you must take into account that these units are not nearly as effective at heating compared to the other options.
When deciding on an outdoor heater for you must take into account the possible risks the units will bring with them and then decide what the safest option is.