Millions of people use propane gas without incident every winter.
Still, it’s a good idea to review the basics of propane gas safety as the cold season approaches.
Propane gas is very easy to store and use – much easier than traditional fuel oil. However, there are some precautions everyone should know. Let’s look at some important ways to maintain propane safety around the home.
Propane Safety Tips for Heating Your Home This Winter
Propane accidents are rare, but when they happen, a mishandled gas tank is often the issue. It’s vital to use care when moving a tank, since small dents and dings can be dangerous. That said, there’s also a bit more to it.
Protect your tank with these tips:
Make Sure Your Tank is Clear and Easy to Access
It’s safe to keep your gas tanks outside, but also important to make sure they’re in a safe location and environment. Make sure nothing obstructs your tank. This will make it easier for delivery drivers to get to it.
Keep Tank Ventilation Clear
Propane tanks need to be properly ventilated to ensure the safety of their contents. Watch out for ice and leaves that might clog ventilation. Clean off your tank whenever you notice anything that could impair airflow.
Double-Check Tanks After Snow
After every snowfall, inspect your tank for damage and perform moderate cleaning. Be sure to clear out snow around vents, piping, valves, and tubing. To protect your tank, be sure to use a broom. No shovels allowed!
Keep Your Tank Full
Every time your tank runs dry, you’ll have to get a leak test. When you use the right supplier, this can be cheap – but it’s a surprise expense you don’t need. Regular propane delivery means you’re less likely to run out.
How Do You Know if There’s a Serious Propane Gas Problem?
The number one sign of a severe propane gas issue is the smell of a gas leak. Propane is odorless in nature, but producers add this smell to warn you of danger. As soon as you smell the odor of a gas leak, take action right away:
- Don’t use any flame sources, such as matches or gas ranges.
- If there are others in the area, warn them about the situation.
- Discontinue what you’re doing and leave the affected area.
- Notify your propane supplier and emergency services.
A gas leak could be the result of warped or damaged pipes somewhere in the propane delivery system. A comprehensive leak test must be performed to isolate and resolve the issue.