When proper handling and safety techniques are not followed propane can be dangerous causing injury or even death.
Using Propane Safely
Keep you and your family safe around propane by being aware of these propane hazards and best practices:
- Never try to fix anything propane related yourself, always use an expert.
- A permit is required for all new gas installations and changes to existing gas lines or gas equipment. Only licensed Gas Contractors can request a permit.
- Never smoke while handling propane.
- Check all propane heating equipment and appliances inside and outside your home to ensure they are working properly.
- Regularly check connections for any leaks.
- When your propane tank is turned on, ensure the valve is fully open.
- Do not use cylinders that have been exposed to fire, are leaking or appear to be damaged (corroded, bulging, gouged or excessively rusted). Check hoses and O-rings for cracks or other signs of wear and replace them if they are damaged.
- Cylinders must be inspected and re-qualified every 10 years. Never refill a cylinder that requires inspection.
- Never use or store cylinders indoors or in any enclosed structure.
- Always position cylinders so the valve/hose connections do not cause sharp bends in the hose.
- During the winter:
- Keep your tank at least one-third full to ensure propane is supplied to your equipment and vaporizes properly.
- Clear snow from around large tanks. This allows proper vaporization and access.
Propane suppliers are required to add an odor to the gas to help indicate when there is a leak, the smell is like boiled cabbage. If there is a propane leak, turn off the gas immediately.
Even if you do not smell anything, you should still check for leaks regularly.
How to check for leaks
- Brush soapy water onto the connections.
- Turn on the gas.
- If bubbles appear around connections, or you smell propane, turn off the gas and tighten the connections.
- Repeat the test.
- If the bubbles and/or the smell continue, shut off the valve and do not try to fix it yourself, call a qualified propane dealer to inspect and fix your equipment.