How To Avoid A Nightmare On Your Street: Propane Safety Basics
Happy Halloween everyone! The scariest day of the entire year is almost here and we are sure that all the trick-or-treaters (adults included ☺) can’t wait to fill up their baskets with yummy Halloween treats. We hope that Halloween night will be filled with fun and you won’t need to fight zombies off your lawn…☺ All jokes aside, it is important to remember and follow a few propane safety basics during such a busy day like Halloween.
First, make sure you know where the propane tank on and off valves are located. In an emergency situation, one would need to shut the valve off right away, hence not knowing the location might put your household at risk. Second, you should regularly check the vents, flues, and appliance exhaust vents for possible blockages. Blocked vents might result in a carbon monoxide buildup, which is a serious emergency situation. Don’t hesitate to call 911, If you notice a strange odor or water condensation inside the windows.
Third, if you notice that the pilot lights regularly go out, do not ignore it or try to fix it yourself. Going out pilot lights might signal a serious problem with the propane system. Trying to fix it yourself might result in an explosion or fire, hence getting a professional to examine the propane system might be a safer decision.
Last but not least, do not run out of gas! Halloween is not the night to be sitting inside without outdoor lights, hot water, or a working stove. In addition, air and moisture might get into the empty tank, which might result in a rust build-up. Rust reduces the concentration of propane, hence it might become difficult to smell and identify the gas in a gas leak situation. If you run out of gas, the pilot lights might go off as well and a certified technician will be needed to restart the same.
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