Propane safety tips for your home.
Propane is a safe fuel. But as with any energy source, there are steps you should take to further ensure your safety:
- Learn what propane smells like. In its natural form, propane is colorless and odorless. Manufacturers deliberately add a chemical compound to give it a strong unpleasant smell. This helps alert to propane leaks, which can cause a safety hazard. The odorized propane smells like rotten eggs or a skunk's spray.
- Know where gas lines are located, so you won't damage them when digging or working in the yard.
- Set up automatic delivery for your propane account.
- Periodically check the fuel gauge on your propane tank. If the fuel level drops below 20%, call your propane provider.
- Do Not let your propane tank run-out. Air and moisture can get into a depleted tank and cause rust. Rust, in turn, can make propane's odor harder to detect. And pilot lights on your appliances will go out when you run out of propane - a serious situation.
- Do not 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.
- If you detect a gas leak, immediately evacuate everyone from the house and call Dead River Company or the fire department from a neighbor's telephone.
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