Camping Safely

Published July 19, 2012

If you are taking advantage of  warm weather by heading outdoors for a weekend camping trip. Before you pack up the kids and car for your camping experience, the BC Safety Authority would like to remind you of some important safety considerations especially with the portable propane camping equipment that is designed for outdoor use.

BC Safety Authority is an independent corporation that inspires safety excellence in British Columbia by partnering with business, industry and the general public to enhance the safely of technical systems, products, equipment and work. They have developed a Camping Safely Checklist that may provide you with some helpful tips,

First and foremost, only use your portable appliances such as lanterns and barbeques outside in freely ventilated areas and never in enclosed spaces such as tents, recreational vehicles, campers or trailers. Too many campers use propane appliances inside these enclosed areas in times of rain or cold and end up in precarious situations that may endanger themselves and their families. The temptation to stay warm is always there but it’s important to understand the dangers of these propane appliances.

Always use your propane appliance exclusively for the purpose for which it was designed. For example a propane stove is designed for cooking only and should never be used as a space heater. And one should never use a portable gas heater when sleeping inside a tent, camper or recreational vehicle. This rule applies even if you have a window open. Be sure to store your refillable propane cylinders outdoors and make sure they are properly capped, plugged or sealed.

Before you leave, make sure your propane appliances are in good working order. If one or more are faulty in any way return them to your retail supplier or purchase a new one before you go. When you transport your propane tank be sure to secure it in upright position and within an area that is well ventilated.

When you are ready to dispose of your propane tank be sure to read the instructions on the tank. Some varieties come with a key that allows you to completely drain the tank yourself.

For more information about propane safety, visit or pick up a free propane safety brochure by contacting your local BC Safety Authority office. (1-866-566-SAFE)