What to do if you suspect a gas leak
- Immediately put our all smoking material and any other open flames. Refrain from using lights, appliances or phones, flames or sparks from these items can trigger a fire or explosion.
- 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.
- Leave the area and go to a safe place
- If possible shut off the gas source. Know the location of the shut off valves on appliances and how to use them. On a propane gas tank close the valve by turning it to the right (clockwise)
- From a safe location report the leak. If you cannot reach your gas supplier, call the fire department. Do not return to the property until it has been determined that it is safe and your gas system has been thoroughly inspected.
General safety guidelines for propane gas
- Tampering with your propane system my cause a potentially dangerous situation. Any modifications or alterations should be performed by authorized and trained professionals.
- The easiest way to detect a propane leak is by a very unpleasant odor (rotten egg smell)
- Never tamper with your system's supply lines, regulators, safety devices or storage tank fittings.
- Never use an open flame to test for propane leaks.
- Have your propane gas furnace or boiler inspected before using it for the first time every year. Also make sure to have any vents, chimney’s or flues inspected as well.
- Please have your propane system checked if you have any of the following symptoms 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. Carbon monoxide detectors are available at most hardware stores.
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