Spring Propane Safety!
Propane is one of the most versatile and safest ways you can fuel your home. From pool heating to home heating and cooking, there’s not much propane can’t do! That said, as a homeowner using propane, it’s important to know how to handle the rare occurrence of a leak. Your friends at North Shore Oil are here to help!
For starters familiarize yourself with the scent of propane. Its distinct odor is added to help detect a leak, and is often compared to that of a skunk smell or rotten egg. If you believe you smell propane, follow these tips to ensure you and your family, and your property, remain safe and unharmed!
- Open flames such as cigarettes and candles should be put out immediately! Don’t use anything that may cause sparks – including light switches, cellphones and appliances.
- Once any flames have been put out, you need to leave the area. Don’t hang around to confirm your suspicions – you could be wasting valuable time.
- Now that you’re safely away from the area – and if it’s possible to do so without putting yourself in danger – turn off the gas on your propane tank by turning the valve to the right (clockwise).
- If the gas is off, or you were unable to reach the tank safely, go to a neighbor’s home or another building to report the leak to us or to your local fire department.
- Until you have us or first responders tell you it is safe to do so, do not re-enter the home or area.
- Finally, once you’re given the all clear make sure to have us inspect your propane system before turning it back on to ensure there are no other leaks.
Remember, propane has a long history of safety – but that’s because those who use it know how to treat situations like gas leaks or other emergencies. We hope this reminder helps you if you ever find yourself face-to-face with a leaking propane system. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us right away.