Propane Safety Tips for Your Home
To readily recognize a leak, know what propane gas smells like. Propane retailers have pamphlets available with a scratch-and-sniff spot so your entire family can recognize the smell. Propane leak detectors, similar to carbon monoxide detectors, are available. See your propane gas supplier to obtain one.
If you smell a leak, immediately evacuate everyone from the building and call your local propane supplier or the fire department from your neighbor’s phone. DO NOT remain in the building, use the telephone or light switches or try to determine the source of the leak by yourself.
Be aware of where gas service lines and propane tanks are located, especially when working in your yard.
Water can damage the internal safety mechanism in the gas controls of an appliance. If you suspect that your appliance gas controls may have gotten wet (because of flooding, for example), have a trained technician replace them immediately.
All furnaces can collect lint and dirt and should be cleaned regularly. Contact your local propane supplier for information on proper cleaning, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Drain your tank periodically (until water runs clean – usually 2 to 3 gallons) to get rid of sediment buildup on the bottom of the tank.
Have your unit serviced if the burner flame is not blue. The blue flame indicates complete combustion. A yellow flame means air inlets are clogged or burners need adjustment. Contact your propane supplier’s service department immediately. Do not cover the oven bottom with foil – it can restrict air circulation.
Never use gas ranges for home heating.
Source: NPGA / Propane Education & Research Council