Propane Safety Tips

Shipley Home Energy :: Safety First and Always

Propane Safety Tips:

Propane Gas leak instructions are the same as Natural Gas leak instructions, just centered around the odor of propane.

  • Always keep flammable and combustible materials (e.g., paper, clothing, wood, gasoline, and solvents) away from any open flames that originate from your appliances.
  • Know how to shut off the gas supply from your tank or cylinder. If you do not know how, contact your propane supplier for instructions.
  • Never place your head near or directly over the valves on your storage tank. A sudden release of product from the safety relief valve could result in serious injury.
  • The propane liquid that is stored in your tank or cylinder can cause severe frostbite if it comes in contact with your skin or eyes.
  • Never store propane cylinders or containers inside any enclosed building.
  • Treat all propane gas odors seriously. Any odors may indicate a very dangerous situation.
  • Never assume that propane odor is only the result of your tank being near empty. If the odor persists, you may have a serious leak.
  • You should contact Shipley if you suspect a leak.

What to do in event of a gas leak:

If you happen to detect an odd or "rotten egg" smell in your home, Shipley urges you take the following actions:

  • Do not operate electric switches, appliances or flashlights.
  • Do not light matches and be sure to extinguish any open flames, such as candles.
  • Leave doors and windows open, but don't take the time to open them if they are closed.
  • Leave the premises and call Shipley immediately from a nearby phone or cell phone.
  • Do not reenter your home until a certified Shipley technician or other specialists has given you the ok.

Know Your General Fuel Safety:

Regular inspections and cleanings of your heating system help to ensure maximum efficiency during the winter months.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that can be deadly. It is the byproduct of incomplete combustion of any type of fossil fuel, including Bioheat™ Heating Oil, coal and natural gas. Symptoms of CO poisoning are "flu-like" and include headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and confusion. You should suspect the presence of CO if your symptoms improve or disappear when you leave a particular building where you think there may be a buildup of CO. If that occurs, here are some lifesaving tips:

  • Open all windows and doors to let in the fresh air.
  • Call your fuel supplier or a licensed heating contractor immediately for an emergency inspection.
    Seek medical attention immediately.
  • Have a carbon monoxide detector working in your home at all times.

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