How to use your propane heaters safely during winter weather


Reporter - Kathryn DiGisi

MARION, Ill. - Customers packed grocery and hardware stores in Southern Illinois on Thursday in preparation for the storm as it rolled in.

Store workers told Local 6 that non-perishable foods, flash lights and propane tanks were the hottest selling items.

Rural King employee, Rebecca Troxel, says propane heaters and tanks are going fast at her store.

They are a saving grace during power outages, but they can also be killers; the biggest threats being suffocation, fire or explosion.

First, check to make sure the cap on the tank is secure when you purchase it.

"Cracking a window to let the gases out, maybe running a fan to keep the air circulating, but of course if you're out of power, all you can do is crack a window," said Troxel.

Monitor your propane heater at all times, especially if you have children or pets in the house.

"Don't light these or have the heater running and say I'm going to run to town for a little bit because pets can knock them over or they can't get enough ventilation and you come home and you won't have any pets," said Troxel.

Troxel also warns against using your heater when you sleep.

She says reading the labels on these tanks could mean the difference between life and death.

Large propane tanks are running at about $90.00 this year and you can swap your empty tank for a full one for about $20.00.