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Important Propane Safety Tips for Residential Customers

Propane is a reliable, clean, and energy-efficient fuel source that serves millions of households across the country. While it offers many advantages, it’s important to understand how to properly use and handle this popular fuel to help minimize risks and ensure your household is safe.

Let’s look at some safety measures when using and handling propane.

Handling & Storage of Portable Tanks

Portable propane tanks are readily available, transportable, and easy to use. When using these handy tanks, there are some general guidelines to be aware of to keep you and your household safe.

  • Don’t store portable propane tanks indoors or in enclosed areas like a basement or garage
  • Don’t use outdoor propane appliances such as grills and heaters indoors or in enclosed areas
  • When transporting portable tanks, properly secure them during transfer
  • Don’t leave propane tanks in enclosed vehicles for long periods of time
  • Don’t modify or attempt to repair propane tank valves or regulators
  • Contact a qualified technician when initially connecting your tank to an appliance, especially if you are uncomfortable with or unsure of how to do so

What To Do If You Detect a Leak

One of the most important safety tips when using propane is understanding what to do if you ever detect a leak. A distinct smell is the most common way to identify one. Propane is actually an odorless gas, however propane companies add a chemical to it that gives its distinct “rotten egg” or “skunk” type smell. That’s why the sniff test is so effective.

If you detect a leak, here are steps to take:

  • Keep people a safe distance away from the source
  • Verify there are no open flames and extinguish all smoking materials
  • Don’t turn on lights, appliances, or electronics as it could create a spark
  • If safe to do so, turn off the main gas supply line
  • Once away from the source, phone your propane supplier

Preventative Measures

Getting your system or appliance checked before using propane is a good way to help avoid any issues. Your propane supplier or a qualified technician can provide this service to ensure your system is setup, running properly and leak-free.

If you have questions about safety and handling of your propane or propane system, call or stop in and speak to a Wright Propane professional!

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