Are propane heaters dangerous for you?
We at Stenten's want your winters to be warm without worries. It's winter, and naturally, you wish to keep the chill out of your cart. Should you buy a propane heater or an electric. Unfortunately, propane heaters are not so safe - not at home, nor in your cart. The people at National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) say that 79-percent of home heating fire deaths were due to propane heaters (in 2010). They are dangerous in our home, now picture the same thing operating in our carts! We want you to know what you buy, when you buy propane heating. And we're not here to scare you if you own a propane heater. Here we've written some tips to be safe with the dangers. They might just save your life!
What are propane heaters anyway?
Reading our blog equips you with information (about your cart) that might not be offered at other places. And we just love explaining! Mainly there are two types of propane heaters used in cars and carts - radiant and catalytic. The radiant propane heaters heat up the metal (or a ceramic object) covering it, which in turn heats your cart through infrared heat. In a catalytic heater, things go a bit weird. It generates heat but there is no naked flame. Instead it relies on the incomplete catalytic combustion of oxygen and propane. It also consumes propane at a much slower rate than radiant heaters do, which is why some people prefer a catalytic propane heater.
- Carbon monoxide: Carbon monoxide is fatal. You never know as it creeps down your air pipe, attaches to your red blood cells, and knocks you unconscious. You wouldn't know. It's colorless, odorless and tasteless. It is not an issue in a normal golf cart. But the chances increase greatly if you use it in a golf cart with an enclosure. We'd recommend you buy a carbon monoxide detector.
- 2. Fire hazards: Propane is highly flammable - more flammable than kerosene. The problem is not when you install small one pound tanks. But it is when you install a tank of 2 gallon (or perhaps more). Which seems plenty enough to convert a flare into fire hazard. A rule of thumb would be to never leave a propane heater unattended.
- No Gasoline!: We're not claiming that you're stupid enough to put gasoline in a propane heater. But if you do - it could result in an explosion. There is also a more possible probability at your home - and also includes kerosene heaters. So at home (in your garage) keep propane and gasoline very far off.
Going electric might seem like the best precaution of all. Electric heaters come with their fair share of prices in home heating. But when heating something as small as your cart - there are virtually zero arguments about the prices.
If you're the one ditching propane and switching electric - you might as well check our heaters. You'll love them; and they're just a click away. http://www.stenten.com/heater