Propane Safety

Propane is a safe, economical, clean and versatile fuel when properly used. It must be handled and stored properly and safely. Please read and follow the following guidelines, and educate your family members to help keep everyone safe. For further safety information, please visit www.propane.com.
If You Smell Gas
Propane manufacturers deliberately add a strong, unpleasant smell like rotten eggs to their product to help alert customers to propane leaks. A propane gas detector is recommended for your building as it may be hard for some people to smell propane due to a cold, age, odor fatigue, etc.
 
1. NO FLAMES OR SPARKS! Immediately put out all smoking materials and flames. Do not operate lights, appliances or phones. Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger an explosion or a fire.
 
2. LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY! Get everyone out of the building/area.
 
3. SHUT OFF THE GAS. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank, if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).
 
4. REPORT THE LEAK. From a nearby building away from the gas leak, call your propane retailer right away. If you can't reach them, call 911 or your local fire department.
 
5. DO NOT RETURN TO THE BUILDING until your propane retailer, emergency responder, or qualified service technician determines that it is safe to do so.
 
6. GET YOUR SYSTEM CHECKED. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, a qualified service technician must check your entire system to ensure that it is leak-free.
Carbon Monoxide
You cannot taste or smell carbon monoxide, but it is a very dangerous gas produced when any fuel burns. In extreme cases, high levels of or extended exposure to carbon monoxide can result in brain damage or death.
 
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include: headache, dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea and fatigue. As these symptoms could present themselves for a number of less harmless illnesses, it is VERY important to have functioning carbon monoxide detectors in your home/building to alert you to the presence of carbon monoxide.
 
If you suspect carbon monoxide is present:
1. Get everyone out of the building and call 911 or your local fire department.
2. If it is safe to do so, open windows to allow entry of fresh air, and turn off any appliances you suspect may be releasing carbon monoxide.
3. Do not reenter the building until a qualified service technician has checked your equipment and an emergency responder has deemed it safe to enter.
If You Run Out of Gas
If you run out of gas, damage to your systems as well as serious safety hazards, including fire or explosion can result. A leak check by a certified propane technician will be required after refilling your tank, before turning on the gas.
 
Propane Installations and Maintenance
Do NOT try to modify, repair or install any part of your propane system. Doing so creates serious risk of a gas leak that can result in serious and potentially fatal injury, fire or explosion. Always have a certified propane technician work on your propane system.
 
Tank and Cylinder Storage and Handling
Always store propane cylinders upright and outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Tanks and cylinders should only be filled by a certified propane technician. Never use a damaged or old cylinder.
 
Seasonal Homes
If you are leaving your home for an extended period, please contact us to let us know. Due to the severe cold that we experience, we recommend that homes with tanks of 500 gallons or more are on our keep-fill program to ensure you don't run out of fuel.
 
Fish Houses

Only use vented heaters that are approved for use inside a fish house. ALWAYS follow manufacturer’s installation recommendations.Check all gas connections for leaks, and keep propane cylinders stored outside the fish house. 

 

 

These materials were provided by the Propane Education & Research Council, 2008
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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