Propane Safety Tips

August 6, 2018

Propane use - safe handling tips

It’s very well known that propane can be an affordable and efficient way to heat your home, irrigate your crops, heat your buildings and even generate electricity but did you know that improperly handled propane can cost you all the above, or even worse, your life? To ensure your safety, follow propane safety best practices.
When handled properly, propane is a very versatile and safe fuel.

What to do If you smell propane
  • Immediately extinguish all smoking materials and open flames
  • Get everyone out of the area where you suspect the gas is leaking
  • Turn off the gas supply valve of your propane tank if it is safe to do so
  • Once away from the leak, contact your propane supplier. If you can’t reach them, call 911
  • Do not return to the area until your propane retailer, emergency responder, or qualified technician determines it is safe to do so
  • Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, your propane retailer must check your entire system to ensure that it is leak-free.
Here are some important propane safety tips:
Handle propane tanks carefully
  • Don’t use or store portable propane tanks in basements, garages or living spaces
  • Properly secure portable propane tanks when transporting
  • Secure temporary tanks when used for building heat, hot water, or cooking
Use propane gas appliances with care
  • Do not use propane gas BBQ grills inside
  • Do not use propane stoves or ovens for space heating
  • Do not use portable electric generators indoors – keep outside of building
  • Have a qualified propane service technician connect appliances. 
Do not run out of gas! Yes, running out of gas can be hazardous!
Serious safety hazards, including fire or explosion, can result. If an appliance valve or a gas line is left open when the propane supply runs out, a leak could occur when the system is recharged with propane. If your propane tank runs out of gas, any pilot lights on your appliances will go out. This can be extremely dangerous if not handled properly.
 
A leak check is required
For your safety a leak check of your propane system will be completed every time you run out of propane. A leak check will also be conducted every 7 years or each time you let us know new appliances are installed.

Replace outdated regulators
Regulators have a manufacture recommended service life. They may appear to be working correctly but is it worth the risk.

Set up regular delivery
Establish a regular delivery schedule with your propane retailer. This takes the worry out of running out of Propane.
 
Consider installing propane gas detectors
Propane gas detectors are designed to sound an alarm if they sense the presence of propane. Their operation does not depend on the concentration of odorant in the air, just the propane concentration at the detector. Some individuals don’t have the ability to detect the smell of propane.
by Karl Serrien
Posted: 8/6/2018 2:03:45 PM by Mallory Wittstruck | with 0 comments