Many people use heaters during the icy cold months. In this post, we’ll be looking at the safe use of kerosene heaters indoors.
What Is A Kerosene Heater?
A kerosene heater functions are similar to a large kerosene lamp. A circular fiberglass or cotton wick is incorporated into a burner unit which is mounted above a tank that is filled with 1-K kerosene. The kerosene is drawn from a tank using a capillary motion. Once the wick is lit, the kerosene is heated until it is converted into a gas which is burnt to heat air through convection or objects nearby through radiation. Technological advances have been made to kerosene heaters, and some now utilize electricity to power the fan, which is forcing the heated air outwards, enabling a room to be heated much faster.
Modern kerosene heaters also have a thermostat-controlled function installed. Most kerosene heaters don’t need electricity to work, and most have a piezo-electric or battery-operated ignitor that lights the heater without using matches. When the ignitor fails, the heater can be started manually.
How To Use Kerosene Heaters Safely Indoors
- A kerosene heater can be safely used indoors, however, always be vigilant about the risks linked to using these heaters. Be sure always to follow the safety guidelines and kerosene heater ratings.
- A kerosene heater produces carbon monoxide, same as fireplaces, lamps and burning candles. Contingent on the output and efficiency, some kerosene heaters emit more carbon monoxide than others. Always have the heater frequently serviced and clean to keep the levels safe.
- The room where the kerosene heater is being utilized must be sufficiently vented to allow fresh air to come in and escape. Always leave doors open if possible and avoid leaving an operating kerosene heater in a room that is completely closed with not open windows. A filter can also be used for lowering the carbon monoxide emissions. You can look at these options when you are looking to buy a kerosene heater.
- Kerosene heaters can post a fire-hazard for particular situations. Always use common sense when using any heater. Don’t place the kerosene heater close to furniture that can potentially catch fire, i.e., linen, sofas, beds, curtains, etc. Be mindful about not putting anything over a heater or on top of it, since it can catch fire.
- Always store a kerosene heater in a place where it is unlikely for it to create enough heat that could ignite the fuel. Once a kerosene heater has been left on, and it stops due to running out of fuel, first let it cool down before tending to it.
- Always remember that kerosene fuel poses no hazard when used on its own. Never blend different fuel types. Ensure that the container or tank that is utilized was not used for any other types of fuel. It could damage the heater and pose a safety risk.
- Never allow children to play in the vicinity of a kerosene heater since it can be knocked over despite the safety mechanisms being in place. Children must always be under supervision when in the same room as the kerosene heater.