Safety

WHAT IS PROPANE?

Propane (also called LPG-liquefied petrolium gas-or LP gas) is a cleaner-burning, domestic fuel used in over 14 million households in the U.S Ninety-eight percent is produced right here is good ole U.S.A with 2/3 coming from Texas.

Propane is a liquid fuel stored under pressure and in most systems, propane is vaporized to a gas before it leaves the tank. Propane is flammable when mixed with air (oxygen) and can be ignited by many sources, including open flames, smoking materials, electrical sparks, and static electricity. Severe freeze burn or frostbite can results if propane liquid comes in contact with your skin.

CAN YOU SMELL IT?

Propane smeels like rotten eggs, a skunk’s spray, or a dead animal. Some people may have difficulty smelling propane due to a medical condition; or the effects of medication, alcohol, tobacco, or drugs

ODOR LOSS. On rara ocations, propane can lose its odor. Several things can cause this including:

  • the presence of air, water, or rust in a propane ank or cylinder
  • the passage of leaking propane through the soil
Since there is a possible of odor loss or problem with your sense of smeel you should respond immediately to even a faint odor of gas

TAKE THE SNIFF TEST

Scratch and sniff the blue circle. The odor is similar to propane odor. Have everyone in your family take the sniff test. Always take action if you smell any kind of foul odor.

RUNNING OUT OF GAS

DON’T RUN OUT OF GAS.
MAINTAIN YOUR PROPANE TANK ABOVE 20%

  • If an appliance valve or a gas line is left open, 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.
  • A LEAK CHECK IS REQUIRED. In many states, a propane retailer or a qualified service technician must perform a leak check of your propane system before turning on the gas.

APPLIANCE MAINTENANCE

  • LEAVE IT TO THE EXPERTS. Only a qualified
    service technician has the training to install, inspect, service, maintain, and repair your appliances. Have your appliances and propane system inspected just before the start of each heating season.
  • DO NOT TRY TO MODIFY OR REPAIR valves, regulators, connectors, controls, or other appliance and cylinder/tank parts. Doing so creates the risk of a gas leak that can result in property damage, serious injury, or death.
  • HELP YOUR APPLIANCES “BREATHE.” Check the vents of your appliances to be sure that flue gases can flow
    easily to the outdoors; clear
    away any insect or bird nests
    or other debris. Also, clear the I, area around your appliances so plenty of air can reach the burner for proper combustion.
  • FLAMMABLE VAPORS ARE A SAFETY HAZARD. The pilot light on your propane appliance can ignite vapors from gasoline, paint thinners, and other flammable liquids. Be sure to store and use flammable liquids outdoors or in an area of the building containing no propane appliances.
  • DON’T RISK IT! If you cannot operate
    any part of your propane system, or if you think an appliance or other device is not working properly, call your propane retailer or a qualified service technician for assistance.

PROPANE GAS DETECTORS

Under some circumstances, you may not smell a propane leak. Propane gas detectors sound an alrm if they sense propane in the air. They can provide an additional measure of security. You should consider the purchase of one or more detectors for your home.

GUIDELINES regarding propane gas detectors.

  • Buy only units the are listed by Under writers Laboratories (UL).
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding installation and maintenance.
  • Never ignore the smell of propane, even if no detector is sounding an alarm.

IF YOU SMELL GAS

  • NO FLAMES OR SPARKS! Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights appliances, telephones, or cell phones. Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger an explosion or a fie.
  • LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY! Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.
  • 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).
  • REPORT THE LEAK. From a neighbour’s home or other nearby building away from the gas leak, call your propane retailer right away. If you can’t reach your propane retailer, call 911 or your local fire department.
  • DO NOT RETURN TO THE BUILDING OR AREA until your propane retailer, emergency responder, or qualified service technician determines that it is safe to do so.
  • GET YOUR SYSTEM CHECKED. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, your propane retailer or a qualified service technician must check your entire system to ensure that it is leak free.

TO HELP REDUCE THE RISK OF CO POISONING:

  • Have a qualified service technician check your propane appliances and related
  • venting systems annually, preferably before the heating season begins.
  • Install UL-listed CO detectors on every level of your home.
  • ever use a gas oven or range-top burners to provide space heating.
  • Never use portable heaters indoors unless they are designed and approved for indoor use.
  • Never use a barbecue grill (propane or charcoal) indoors for cooking or heating.
  • Regularly check your appliance exhaust vents for blockage.

SIGNS OF IMPROPER APPLIANCE OPERATION THAT CAN GENERATE HIGH CO LEVELS:

  • Sooting, especially on appliances and vents
  • Unfamiliar or burning odor
  • Increased moisture inside of windows