Safety and Precaution Tips for Home Heating Propane Devices

Posted by ThompsonGas on August 9th, 2016

Over 60 million Americans use propane for heating, cooking, generating electricity, and drying their clothes. This is because propane is a reliable, safe, green, and cost-effective option. That said, you are advised to be cautious when handling this fuel and heating devices that run on it. With proper handling, propane can become the safest and most versatile fuel for your home. Here are some safety and precaution tips to consider when using propane for heating devices:

1. Use appliances sensibly – avoid using ovens and stoves for space heating and never use portable propane generators indoors. Keep heaters away from objects that could catch fire when exposed to too much heat.

2. Check appliances for leaks – Call a certified propane service technician when you need to connect new appliances to your propane lines or tanks, and make sure he or she performs a leak test.

3. Things to do if you smell gas – Extinguish all open flames and smoking materials immediately, get everyone out of the house, and turn off the propane tank's gas supply valve only if it is safe to do so. Go outside to call your propane supplier with your mobile phone or ask your neighbor if you can use their landline. If you cannot reach the propane supplier, call 911 instead. Never return to your home until a qualified service technician or emergency responder has arrived and determined that it is safe to do so.

4. Always turn off your propane heating appliance and gas line when not in use – Explosions and fire could occur if you leave a gas line or appliance valve open. If you run out of propane, a leak could happen when the tank is being refilled. Moisture and air could get inside a depleted or empty storage tank, resulting in rust build up inside. Rust can reduce propane's concentration of the odor, making the gas difficult to smell.

5. Consider installing gas detectors – Sometimes, you may not be able to smell propane when there is a leak. This is where having propane gas detectors can be handy. An alarm will go off if it senses propane. Just be sure that they are properly installed and maintained.

6. Choose a propane supplier that offers 24/7 emergency services – You never can tell when something can go wrong with your home heating propane devices, so be sure that your propane supplier can respond to any emergency any time.

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This article was written by ThompsonGas. The 16th largest retail propane company in the U.S., ThompsonGas has been family owned and operated since 1946. The propane gas dealer provides affordable propane for residential and commercial propane gas service to customers across 10 states in the East and Southeast.

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