Propane Safety

propane gas tank safety

  • Be alert to the odor of propane gas whenever you’re working around a gas appliance or wherever propane is stored or used.
  • Before lighting a propane gas appliance, such as a furnace, space heater, or water heater, sniff all around the area.  Be sure to sniff at floor level. Propane gas is heavier than air and may temporarily settle near the floor, although it immediately starts to diffuse when released into the atmosphere. If you smell gas, don’t light the appliance.
  • Never tamper with, apply force to, or use tools on the gas control system.  If the control knob won’t operate by hand, the control unit must be replaced.  Repairs must be made only by a trained gas service technician.
  • All new containers and used containers not plugged or kept closed may be infiltrated by water, air, or other contaminants.  These contaminants must be removed or purged, before the container is filled and put into service.  The purging process should be done by your propane gas supplier.
  • Propane gas leaking from buried gas lines may lose its odor as it passes through the ground, depending on the type of soil and the distance the gas travels.  Whenever you suspect a leak—even if you don’t smell the odor of gas—you should contact your propane gas supplier.
  • Water can damage the internal safety mechanism in the gas control and create a hazardous condition.  If your gas control has gotten wet—as a result of flooding, for example—it must be replaced immediately by a trained gas service technician.

If you smell gas in your house, camper, RV, workplace or around any gas  equipment….TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION!

  • Promptly get everyone out of the building, vehicle, RV, trailer or area.
  • Do not turn on or off light switches, appliances or thermostats, and do not use the telephone.  An electric spark could ignite the gas.
  • Close all gas tank or cylinder supply valves.Call your supplier or, if the number is not available, call your local fire department from a neighbor’s phone.
  • Stay outside until the problem has been corrected.

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