British Columbia Safety Authority

British Columbia Safety Authority

June 24, 2008 10:00 ET

BC Safety Authority: Camp Safely with Propane

BC Safety Authority Offers Safety Checklist

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 24, 2008) - As British Columbians gear up for the summer camping season, the BC Safety Authority reminds everyone that portable propane camping equipment is designed only for outdoor use.

"Many people use propane appliances when they're camping, and with the unpredictable West Coast weather, campers caught in the rain may be tempted to bring their propane stoves or lanterns inside their tents to stay warm," said Wayne Lock, gas safety manager for the BC Safety Authority, the organization responsible for overseeing gas safety in British Columbia. "People need to consider where they use propane appliances, and understand they are not to be used indoors."

The BC Safety Authority's Camping Safely Checklist provides these tips for safe propane use:

- Use propane appliances only for the purposes for which they are designed. Propane stoves are designed for cooking only and should never be used as space heaters.

- Only use portable appliances such as lanterns and barbecues outside in freely ventilated areas. Never use them in enclosed spaces such as tents, recreational vehicles, campers, trailers or cabins.

- Never use portable gas heaters when sleeping in a tent, camper or RV, even if a window is open. Store refillable propane cylinders outdoors and make sure they are properly capped, plugged or sealed.

- Ensure your propane appliances are in good working order before heading out to your camp site.

- When transporting propane tanks, the proper way is to secure them in an upright position and in an area with lots of ventilation.

- Follow the instructions on portable propane tanks when disposing of them. Some come with a key that allows you to completely drain the propane tank.

- Learn to use your gas grill safely by watching a brief slideshow on the National Fire Protection Association website. Visit the association website at www.nfpa.org or go directly to the slideshow here: http://tinyurl.com/3z2qpq

"Safe propane use involves common sense," Lock explained. "Keep your appliances in good working order, make sure they are well ventilated and use them only for what they are meant to do."

For more information about propane safety, visit www.safetyauthority.ca. A propane safety brochure is available by contacting your local BC Safety Authority office, or call toll-free 1-866-566-7233 (SAFE).

The BC Safety Authority is an independent, self-funded corporation that inspires safety excellence in British Columbia by partnering with business, industry and the general public to enhance the safety of technical systems, products, equipment and work.

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