Portable tankless water heaters powered by liquid propane offer a convenient solution for outdoor activities such as camping, RVing, backyard parties, poolside, pet bathing, and more. However, it's essential to follow proper safety guidelines to ensure a secure and enjoyable experience. In this blog post, we'll cover key safety tips for using a portable tankless water heater at home, in your backyard, and while camping.
Only use portable water heaters outdoors
Liquid propane-powered portable tankless water heaters are designed for temporary outdoor use only. Using them indoors can lead to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, which can be life-threatening. Never bring a propane tank inside your home. Always set up your water heater in a well-ventilated area away from any enclosed spaces.
Read and follow the manufacturer's instructions
Before using your portable tankless hot water heater, carefully read and follow the manufacturer's instructions in Eccotemp product manuals. Familiarize yourself with its features, proper usage, and any specific safety precautions.
Maintain a safe distance from flammable materials
When setting up your portable tankless water heater, ensure it is at least three to four feet away from flammable materials, such as tents, tarps, or dry vegetation. This precaution helps prevent accidental fires and keeps the surrounding area safe.
Check for leaks before each use
Before connecting your water heater to a propane tank, inspect the hoses, connections, and seals for any signs of damage or wear. Perform a leak test by applying soapy water to the connections and opening the propane tank valve. If you see bubbles forming, this indicates a leak, and you should immediately turn off the gas and replace the damaged parts.
Use the proper fuel source
Always use the appropriate fuel source for your portable water heater. Eccotemp portable models are designed for liquid propane only, so do not attempt to use natural gas or any other type of fuel. Always use a propane tank in good condition with the correct connections.
Monitor children and pets
Keep children and pets away from the portable water heater at all times.Teach children about the dangers of touching or playing with the heater and its components.
Turn off the water heater when not in use
When you're finished using your portable water heater, turn it off and allow it to cool down before handling or storing it. This practice not only conserves fuel but also prevents accidental burns or other injuries.
Store your portable water heater safely
When not in use, store your portable water heater in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight or sources of heat. Keep the propane tank disconnected and stored separately in a well-ventilated area.
Regularly inspect and maintain your water heater
Perform regular inspections of your portable tankless water heater for signs of wear or damage. Replace any damaged components and keep your water heater clean and free of debris to ensure optimal performance.
Be prepared for emergencies
In case of an emergency, such as a gas leak or fire, have a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit readily available. Know the location of the nearest emergency phone and how to contact local authorities if necessary.
By following these safety tips, you can enjoy the convenience and comfort of a portable tankless water heater while keeping yourself and your loved ones safe. Always prioritize safety when using any outdoor heating equipment, and you'll be able to enjoy countless outdoor adventures with peace of mind.