General Safety Guidelines

Propane tanks are 20 times more puncture resistant that tanks filled with ethanol, methanol or gasoline. They are constructed from carbon steel, under the procedures developed by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  Propane cylinders are equipped with a device that cuts off the filling process, when the tank reaches 80 percent of its liquid capacity. This helps pressure inside the tank, caused by temperature to variate, without a gas emitting from the tank. Listed below are a few safety recommendations to keep in place when using propane:

  • Modifications or alterations to your propane system should be handled by authorized personnel only. Tampering with the system may cause a potentially dangerous situation.
  • The easiest way to detect propane is by it’s very unpleasant odor. If the scent of propane is in the air, a potentially dangerous situation may exist.  Propane leaks smell like rotten eggs.  Educate your family so they may recognized the smell.
  • Extinguish all open flames, and immediately leave any area where propane fumes are present.
  • Avoid touching electrical switches or appliances when a leak is suspected.
  • In case of a leak, if safe to do so, go to your propane system’s storage vessel, open the tank hood, and close the vapor service valve. Then, contact a qualified technician for assistance.
  • Propane is heavier than air. The vapor will descend to the lowest point, for example, your basement. Avoid these areas when a leak is suspected.
  • Never tamper with your system’s supply lines. Never tamper with and safety devices, regulators, or storage tank fittings.
  • Never use an open flame, to test for propane leaks.
  • Please have your propane system checked if you have any of the following systems of carbon monoxide poisoning: headaches, dizziness, loss of muscular control, vomiting, and watering of the eyes.
  • Prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning is listed in the following steps: Never use range burners as space heaters. Never use propane heaters that are not intended for indoor use. Never use a barbecue grill indoors. Have all propane appliances tested regularly by a qualified technician. Always make sure there is plenty of ventilation.
  • If you suspect your gas appliance has been damaged by water or flooding, have a trained technician come out and service your system.
  • Have your range serviced if the flames are not blue. Yellow flames indicate blockage to the air inlets, or an adjustment may be needed to the burner. Contact a technician to service. Also, do not line your range with tin foil; it constricts air circulation.
  • Never use a gas range or grill to heat your home.