Propane Safety: What You Need to Know
- Propane is a very safe fuel. But as with any energy source, there are steps you should take and things you should know to further ensure your safety:
- Propane vapor is heavier than air. In the event of an unintended release of propane vapor, the vapor will migrate to the lowest point, for example: your basement or crawl space.
- If you detect a gas leak, immediately evacuate everyone from the house and call your propane provider from a neighbor or off premises telephone.
- Learn what propane smells like. We offer a free scratch-and-sniff pamphlet to help you and your family recognize the distinctive odor of propane. If you are a Sandhills Propane customer, you received a scratch and sniff sample from us along with the Propane Safety Plan at the beginning of your service.
- Know where gas lines are located, so you won’t damage them when digging or working in the yard.
- Do NOT tamper with your system’s supply lines, appliances, safety devices, regulators or storage tank fittings.
- Familiarize yourself with the location of your storage tank’s main gas shutoff valve, so you can turn it off in case of emergency.
- Never attempt a “do-it-yourself” repair on any gas appliance. Installation or repair of propane gas appliances or equipment must be performed by a qualified technician.
- Never test for a propane leak using an open flame. Only suitable leak detection solutions may be used. Call a qualified Sandhills Propane service technician to safely and properly test.
- Change or clean furnace filters regularly as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Don’t store cleaning fluids, oil-soaked rags, gasoline or other flammable liquids near a gas-burning appliance where vapors could be ignited by the pilot light.
For more Propane Safety Information, go to: www.propanesafety.com