Winter Propane Safety Tips for Construction
Advanced Propane Helps You Keep Your Projects Moving Forward!
Winter’s colder temperatures present many challenges to construction projects. It’s uncomfortable and potentially unsafe for workers. Materials can be damaged. Projects can be delayed, costing your construction business money.
To combat this, Advanced Propane offers temporary heating solutions to construction companies and contractors in-and-around the Tennessee and Southern Kentucky region. We’ll create a customized temporary heating services plan for your specific job and supply the heating equipment—plus provide propane cylinder exchange services if needed.
To take advantage of the benefits of temporary propane heating, everyone on site needs to know how to use the equipment safely. Follow these tips to protect your workers and your projects.
Before You Use Temporary Heating:
- Read and re-read the manuals for all your temporary heating equipment.
- Make sure that your employees are trained in the safe use of temporary heating equipment and the safe handling—and use of—propane cylinders.
- Check that your temporary heaters have a functional safety shutoff valve.
- Before utilizing any temporary heating equipment or propane cylinders, double-check that all components are in place. If you have questions or issues, call Advanced Propane directly.
Safe Placement of Temporary Heaters
- Place temporary heaters away from combustible materials and vapors such as open flame, fuel tanks, or other equipment.
- Place your heaters on cement, on the ground outside your building, or on some other stable, fire-resistant material.
- Heaters must be placed on a level surface.
- NEVER place heaters on wood floors.
- OSHA regulations require a minimum of 1 to 3 feet of clear space around all temporary heaters. Watch to make sure this is enforced.
Safe Operation of Temporary Heaters
- If you are experiencing problems with your portable construction heater, try these troubleshooting tips.
- If your heater won’t stay lit or produce a spark, or if you smell gas, stop using the heater immediately and contact us for assistance.
Propane Cylinder Safety
- Always keep propane cylinders in an upright position. There is a risk of propane leaking when cylinders are on their side. An upright cylinder keeps the relief valve in contact with vapor, preventing that risk of leakage.
- Place the cylinder on a firm, flat, dry area at least six feet from the heater itself.
Make Sure There is Adequate Ventilation
- Proper ventilation is critical because heaters produce carbon monoxide, an odorless gas that can be deadly if it is allowed to build. Keep all rooms well ventilated by strategically opening windows around the worksite as applicable.
- If you suspect that carbon monoxide is building up—or if an on-site monitor confirms this—turn off all heating equipment and evacuate the area.
- Get in touch with us if you need assistance coming up with more methods to keep your worksite well-ventilated.
Proper Care and Use of Hoses
Cracked, leaky or obstructed hoses can be dangerous. Here are some tips to prevent damage to hoses:
- Hoses should not be run through non-secure doors, as this can result in hose damage or punctures.
- To prevent the hose from being pinched, block the window if it passes through one.
- Avoid exposing your hoses to extreme heat.
Contact Advanced Propane for expert, safe propane temporary heating solutions for your construction business.