5 Propane Safety Tips You Can't Afford To Ignore
The summer is here! At this time most of the people are enjoying grilling, camping, and outdoors with their families and friends. Propane is a great fuel choice for the household needs. It is a non-toxic, clean-burning byproduct of raw crude oil and raw natural gas. Propane can be used for about any household system from dishwashers, water heaters to lighting and motor vehicles. Most of the propane gas is produced in the U.S., hence using propane not only contributes to America’s energy independence but also provides safety and quality assurance.
Propane is energy efficient, better for the environment, and can be easily stored to power up your house systems whenever need. However, as with any other fuel type, there are certain safety procedures to be followed when using propane gas.
Here are some safety tips we recommend to use this summer:
1. Do not forget to remove the propane cylinder label. The label left on the cylinder can start accumulating moisture. Any accumulated moisture might result in rusting and eventually compromise the integrity of the cylinder. The label should be removed but kept nearby since it contains important safety information.
2. Do not try and repair valves or any other parts of the cylinder or tank yourself. Incorrectly connected tanks or appliances will result in a gas leak.
Note: Propane gas leak will have an unpleasant smell of rotten eggs or a dead animal.
3. Make sure you familiarize where propane tank on and off valves are located. Nelson Propane safety trained employees can show you where the valves are located while installing the new propane systems or lines. Make a note of it and keep it handy in case of emergency.
4. Regularly check and keep flues, vents, and appliance exhaust vents free of blockage to avoid carbon monoxide build up. Even better, install a carbon monoxide monitor on every level of your home. Some of the carbon monoxide warning signs are a strange odor, water condensation inside windows, flu-like symptoms (a headache, fatigue, shortness of breath).
Note: If you notice any of the described warning signs, leave the house immediately and call 911.
5. Do not run out of gas! Propane should be refilled once gauge falls below 20%. If you run out of propane gas the pilot lights might go out and moisture along with rust might start building up inside the tank.
Note: Set up a regular delivery with Nelson Propane to avoid any safety hazards.
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