Though propane is one of the safest fuels money can buy, it is always good to be aware of potential safety issues, so you know what to do if you spot one. Understanding propane tank safety and knowing how to handle propane safely will help you act quickly in the event of an emergency.
Danger can result from propane leaks, faulty equipment, negligent or careless use, accidental ignition and even static electricity. Keeping your propane equipment well maintained is critical to your safety, as is knowing how to handle it properly.
Does propane have an odor?
Propane has a very distinct odor that is very similar to the smell of rotten eggs. Some compare it to skunk spray or the smell of a dead animal. To ensure your safety, we suggest installing a propane detection device. Much like a carbon monoxide detector, it will sound the alarm if it detects propane in the air.
Occasionally, you might smell propane when the regulator releases gas to equalize the pressure in the tank. If this is the case, the smell should go away quickly. However, if it persists, or if you suspect you have a propane leak, call Fall River Propane immediately. Our technicians are standing by 24/7, ready to respond to your propane emergency. If the issue is with our equipment, the service call and the repair is free.
I think I have a propane leak. What now?
Turn off any burners, extinguish open flames, close any open valves or shut off the supply of gas at the tank. Immediately vacate the building and call Fall River Propane to let us know that you think there is a leak. Stay out of the leak area until you have been told it is okay to re-enter.
Should I be clearing the snow around my propane tank?
In the wintertime, ice and snow can cause regulators and valves to fail if they are not adequately protected. Usually located beneath your tank cover or attached to the side of your home, it is always a good idea to keep these areas clear of ice, snow and debris. Failing to do so may result in damage to your tank, and it may also prevent our technicians from making your fuel delivery on time.
If you suspect you have a propane leak, do not email us. Call Fall River Propane immediately at 800-632-5726.
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