Patio heaters are used in a variety of workplaces but can be used at home too, although you will most frequently find them outdoors at cafes, bars and restaurants, to heat terraces and outdoor seating areas.
There are a number of different accidents which could occur when using a patio heater, but here are some of the most common ones:
- If heater is knocked over, accidents could occur, although many have an automatic shut-off for the gas supply if this happens
- High winds could blow patio heater over
- Poor assembly could lead to accidents
- Regulator or hose could be faulty, leading to gas leaks
- People touching the heater when it is in operation could be burned
Safe usage of patio heaters
Patio heaters are usually fuelled by gas and come in a variety of different shapes and sizes to suit the environment in question – you can even find table-top heaters. Patio heaters should never be used indoors as they give off gas which can be dangerous. There are guidelines to follow in order to ensure safe operation of patio heaters:
- Ensure heaters are switched off and covered when not in use
- Always use in a well-ventilated area
- Ensure 1m clearance on all sides, and that the heater is well away from flammable material such as trees, trellises etc.
- Never use patio heaters during high winds
- Ensure you know how to turn the heater off and on, and always follow manufacturer’s instructions
- Ensure the heater is placed on a firm, level surface
- Never move a patio heater when lit
- You should never hang anything on or over the heater
- Make people aware that the surface of the heater can become very hot
In addition to the above, you should be aware of gas safety – always have your equipment serviced regularly by a licensed gas engineer, and turn the gas off at the cylinder when not in use. Check hoses regularly and use soapy water to check connection joints; bubbles will appear if there is a leak. You should also clean patio heaters regularly as dust and spider webs can clog air ducts.
Have you been injured by a patio heater?
If you have been involved in an accident whilst operating a patio heater at work, or injured by a heater as a member of the public, you could claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim and our specialist team of personal injury compensation lawyers will be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim.
Date Published: March 3, 2014
Author: David Brown