My darling fiancée was working our booth at the Downtown Holiday Market and was told to turn off and put away our portable propane heater. If you’ve ever sat mostly still in freezing weather you’ll understand just how horrific a request this is. It seems the DC fire marshal was going from booth to booth looking for them, supposedly because their use requires a permit. This was news to us, having used it for the last four years, and a little distressing since there was a tall standing heater just 15 feet away that the market management had put up for customers.
However a look around the DCGOV website eventually turned up this FAQ item on the DC fire and emergency medical services website. Sure enough, a $25 permit is required for up to 200lb of propane. Since our heater uses 5lb canisters I will admit to being a little peeved about it, but I am going to call tomorrow and see how specific the permit is. Perhaps I can simply buy one for all of us merchants…. and later ask exactly why the holiday market management didn’t pull one for all of us as part of our $150 a day booth fee.