Be Safe With Outdoor Deck and Patio Heaters

How To Be Safe With Outdoor Deck and Patio Heaters

August 14, 2020
BY: Domhnall O'Cathain

This spring, and earlier this summer, there was a lot of talk about how to keep the kids busy and cool during the summer months. If you hadn’t ordered the outdoor water pool by Memorial Day, chances are that you gave up on it ever coming.

If you did get a pool, you will soon have to think about closing it. If you didn’t get a pool, maybe it’s time to think of what’s the next thing to help you and your family through Covid-19 living in the fall.

So, what is the next big thing?

The days will get shorter, many of the school days are going to be remote, and the kids’ activities will be restricted. We still need to get them outside.

My bet? Outdoor heaters for the deck and patio. They are good for the kids and great for us who want to enjoy a few drinks in the evening.

Of course, a burning flame in your backyard brings its own dangers.

Please consider tips from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs on safely operating an outdoor heater.

  • Make sure to purchase a heater from a reputable store, and make sure it’s listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Check the plug and wire connection of the heater prior to usage.
  • Make sure your home has smoke detectors (and carbon monoxide detectors) prior to using your heater.
  • Keep the heater three feet away from everything, most especially small children, and pets.
  • Don’t block any exits or entrances with heater.
  • See if there’s a ‘trip switch’ on the heater that will automatically trigger a shut-off if the heater is moved.
  • Always place the heater on a flat surface.
  • Always make sure to turn off and unplug the heater overnight.
  • Make sure you keep your heater dry, and away from water.

Heaters are a primary source for residential fires in New Jersey and need to be treated with caution. You and your family do not want to be another statistic of a terrible burn or fatal accident.

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