Have a Safe Spring: Propane Safety Tips to Remember

- 2:41 pm - April 19th, 2016

As a North Shore Oil customer, you know better than most that nothing beats the versatility of propane. And with the winter behind us, your propane season is just getting started. In warm weather, it powers your barbecue grill, pool heater, “skeeter eater”, and fire pit! The “exceptional energy” you get from North Shore Oil is very safe to use and store over periods of time. Still, we’d rather be safe than sorry, and we place the well-being of you and your family at the top of our list of priorities. Below are six safety tips to remember in the unlikely event of a leak.


First: know what propane smells like. Propane is given an odor that smells like rotten eggs, or a skunk’s spray. If you smell this odor, no matter how faint, there could be a gas leak.


If you smell gas:


  1. Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames.
  2. Quickly leave the area where you suspect the gas is leaking.
  3. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank if it is safe to do so. Turn the valve clockwise to close it.
  4. Report the leak from a neighbor’s home or a safe distance away from the site. Do not use your cell phone in the vicinity of a leak. If for some reason you cannot reach North Shore Oil, call 9-1-1 or your local fire department.
  5. Do not return to the building or area until your emergency responder or North Shore Oil determines it is safe to do so.
  6. Get your system checked by North Shore Oil afterward to make sure it is leak-free before using it again.


Remember these tips whenever operating any propane-powered equipment. Contact North Shore Oil today if you have any other questions about propane safety or propane use.