Propane is one of the most versatile and safe energy sources around. But like any fuel, you need to take precautions when you use it.
Here are some basic safety guidelines for using propane in your home:
- Know – and teach your family – how to detect a propane leak. Propane smells like rotten eggs. If you smell that in your house, leave immediately and contact your local fire department or call 911. As you leave the house, DO NOT touch electrical outlets or light switches. For extra peace of mind, install an economical propane leak detector.
- Never try to fix propane equipment yourself. If you think one of your propane appliances is damaged, contact Rural right away – we’ll send one of our expert technicians to take care of it.
- Don’t skip annual maintenance on your propane systems. Maintenance will keep your equipment running at its best, and will help you spot a minor problem before it becomes an expensive repair.
- Map out your outdoor propane service lines. Be careful not to damage them when you’re renovating or landscaping your property.
- Learn about the dangers, signs and ways to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. A properly functioning propane system safely vents all but a small amount of CO outside your home. But if your propane system is damaged or isn’t properly installed and maintained, CO can build to dangerous levels.
Installing carbon monoxide detectors is a must in a propane-powered home – as is knowing the signs of CO poisoning, which include headaches, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath and light-headedness. If anyone in your home experiences these systems, get fresh air immediately and seek medical attention.
- Alter supply lines, safety devices, regulators or storage tank fittings.
- Use a propane grill or range to heat your home.
- Store propane tanks inside your home.
Stay safe! Contact Rural Propane today if you have any propane safety questions.
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