When inclement weather strikes, forcing you inside, you might be wondering if it’s safe to use propane indoors to power a stove, washer and dryer, or heater. While there are a few precautions you should take, you can use propane indoors.
Safety First When Using Propane Indoors
Always check with your propane dealer and your appliance manuals for additional safety guidelines.
If you’re using propane indoors, proper ventilation is important. When propane burns, it pulls oxygen from the air. Since we require oxygen to breathe, if there isn’t enough oxygen in the air, this could lead to suffocation or even death. If you’re unsure of how to ventilate the room, check the owner’s manual for your propane stove for guidelines. You can start by using a fan blowing air out of the room and opening windows on opposite sides of the room to create a cross breeze.
Using Propane Stoves Indoors
Carbon monoxide is another important element when it comes to using propane indoors. For example, if you’re using a propane stove indoors and it’s not releasing enough water and carbon dioxide, it might release too much carbon monoxide.
Consider getting a carbon monoxide detector to help prevent this. Ideally, you should get two; one to place near the stove and one to place lower to the ground, where carbon monoxide might escape and collect.
Using Propane Dryers Indoors
If you have a gas dryer, depending on the model, you might be able to buy a kit to convert it to a propane dryer. Once it’s been converted, there are some safety considerations to take into account.
Venting a Propane Dryer
Since propane dryers emit carbon monoxide, you’ll need to vent it outdoors (and not in your garage). Venting a propane dryer outdoors will also keep water vapors from building up and potentially causing mold.
Using Propane Heaters Indoors
Indoor propane heaters come with an automatic shutoff switch in case there’s a buildup of too much carbon monoxide being emitted when it’s powered on. You can also use an outdoor propane heater in a partially open space like your garage, as long as you’re careful about ventilation.