Propane Safety Tips

Learn how to protect your home and loved ones

propane safetyCounty Propane, as well as strict government regulations, have played a crucial role in upholding high industry standards. Consequently, propane boasts an outstanding safety track record.

While propane is safe for home use, understanding its proper usage and how to respond to a rare leak is crucial. We’ve compiled some common topics on propane safety to equip you with the information needed for safe usage at home.

Does propane go bad?

This is one of the huge advantages that propane offers. Unlike heating oil, which can go bad in as little as 18 months, propane does not spoil or lose effectiveness.

Propane is the fuel of choice for both portable and whole-house standby generators because of this stability. Gasoline can begin to go bad in as little as three months, and diesel can go bad in six months.

What does propane gas smell like?

Understanding the scent of propane is absolutely vital for safety. If the odor goes unnoticed, detecting leaks becomes impossible. Familiarity with propane’s aroma is crucial for safety and hazard prevention.

Propane doesn’t naturally have a smell, but ethyl mercaptan is purposely added during production to give it a distinctive odor. This lets leaks be easily detected.

If you smell a strong odor like rotten eggs or a skunk’s spray, chances are there’s a propane gas leak around.

What should I do if I smell propane gas?

To safeguard yourself if propane gas is detected at home, it’s vital to understand what actions to avoid.

DON’T panic. Below, you’ll see our propane leak safety guidelines. These guidelines prepare you to handle the situation calmly and effectively.

DON’T attempt to locate the source of the odor. Entrust this task to the experts and focus on keeping yourself and those around you safe.

Let’s now get into detail on what you need to do in the event of a propane leak.

  1. Immediately evacuate the house, ensuring the safety of all pets.
  2. Thoroughly extinguish any possible ignition sources, like candles or cigarettes, before leaving.
  3. Be careful not to use any items that may create a spark, like light switches, telephones or vape pens, as you are leaving.
  4. If it’s safe, switch off the propane supply valve on your tank. It’s vital that all adults at home know this procedure.
  5. After reaching a safe distance from the leak, promptly alert 911 and County Propane.
  6. Please maintain a safe distance until the first responders and service technicians locate the source of the leak and complete any necessary repairs. Approval is required before returning home.

How do I protect my home from propane leaks?

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Regularly scheduling professional maintenance for your propane appliances is an essential strategy for preventing propane leaks.

During a maintenance check, a skilled propane-service technician will meticulously inspect your appliances. If any issues that could result in a gas leak are identified, they will promptly resolve and repair them.

To enhance your home’s safety, consider investing in propane leak detectors. Place them strategically near propane appliances, like water heaters, stoves and fireplaces. Remember, propane gas is heavier than air, so position the sensors low down, making sure they are below the height of your bed’s pillows.

It is very important to understand that carbon monoxide detectors and propane leak detectors serve distinct purposes. There is a common misconception that carbon monoxide detectors can also detect propane leaks, and vice versa. However, this is inaccurate.

Carbon monoxide detectors solely detect carbon monoxide, while propane leak detectors exclusively detect propane leaks. For safety’s sake, you should have both types of detectors installed in your home.

Prioritize safety by staying informed on proper propane handling. Watch the safety-themed videos by PERC below to enhance your understanding and ensure safe propane usage.

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