Propane Safety

Propane safety is obviously very important because of the flammable and potentially explosive nature of the gas. When handling propane gas, be sure that all tanks and cylinders are kept in well-ventilated areas away from possible heat sources and open flames. Regular inspection of your propane tanks for leaks or damage is really important, and these tanks should be filled by established refillers only. Keep in mind, propane tanks should only be stored upright and secure to prevent any types of dangerous situations. Here are more tips on the proper storage of LP Tanks.

In home type settings, it is also important to install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors and propane gas detectors (available at Graninger.com). These will provide an early warning in case of a gas leak, which could otherwise go undetected until it reaches dangerous levels. Making sure there is proper ventilation is vital when using propane appliances indoors, as incomplete combustion can produce harmful levels of carbon monoxide. All installations must be done by professionals only.

Do you smell a leak?, take immediate measures to ensure safety. Get everyone out of the area and don’t use any electrical devices, including light switches and telephones. Contact 911 first and then your propane company to report the leak. Click HERE for more tips on what to do if you smell propane. To be safe, familiarize yourself with the stinky smell of propane, which is often described as smelling like rotten eggs due to the addition ethyl mercaptan. Taking these safety measures can prevent catastrophes, protecting lives and property.

Here is a comprehensive video from OSHA on LP Gas safety;