Propane and heating oil are both volatile fuels that, if handled incorrectly, can create safety hazards. While the average homeowner doesn’t try to put themselves in danger on a day-to-day basis, understanding the risks involved can be extremely useful in case of an emergency.
This page contains important information for all homeowners, covering safety basics including what to do during a power outage, who to call if you smell gas or sense a leak, and how to dig safely around your property. Educating yourself about these risks is part of being informed homeowner, and it can also potentially prevent damage to your home.
Various forms of energy make our world work. From the energy that our body uses to the energy that heats our homes to the energy that powers engines to move vehicles, we are surrounded by types of energy that help us in our daily lives. Teaching kids about energy not only gives them the knowledge of our planet and what it provides us — that firm grasp on the limitations of non-renewable energy will also help future generations use energy more conservatively.
Statistics show that 20,000 to 30,000 people in the USA are poisoned annually by accidental ingestion of carbon monoxide. Even more sadly, about 500 people die each year from carbon monoxide exposure, which occurs mainly in each victim’s own home. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) indicates that carbon monoxide is the number one cause of poisoning deaths in the USA each year.
Oil heat is one of the safest fuels ever developed. It is a clear, champagne-colored liquid that's nontoxic and non-explosive.
Natural gas is also a colorless, odorless gas. Shipley Energy, as well as most other Natural gas suppliers add a chemical called "mercaptan" to give the gas that "rotten eggs" smell that is commonly known. This makes it easy to detect in the event of a natural gas leak. Natural gas is nontoxic and will dissipate harmlessly in the air, but it is highly combustible.
Propane Gas leak instructions are the same as Natural Gas leak instructions, just centered around the odor of propane.
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.
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