Millions of homes and businesses use
propane safety for heating, cooking, hot water, and many other uses.
Just like electricity, natural gas and heating oil, propane comes with
Q. HOW DO YOU KNOW IF
THERE'S A GAS LEAK?
A. By the smell. All propane
is treated to smell bad if it leaks. Sort of like rotten eggs or decayed
Q. HOW SAFE IS PROPANE?
A. Thanks to safety
conscious propane professionals and customers like yourself, propane is
one of the safest energy sources available.
Q. WHERE DOES LEAKING PROPANE GO?
A. Much like natural gas,
propane dissipates into the surrounding air. It cannot mix with, nor
contaminate soil or water supplies.
Q. WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SMELL PROPANE?
Open windows and doors
to provide fresh air.
Do NOT light matches,
and don't turn any switches or thermostats on OR off.
Check gas appliances. Is
a burner on but not burning? If so, turn it off.
If the odor persists, or
you can't find the leak and correct it, leave the building, and call
the gas company from a neighbor's phone.
Q. WHAT IF THE ODOR IS
Exit the building,
without turning lights or any switches on OR off.
Turn off the gas at the
Notify the gas company
from a neighbor's phone. Have them tell you where the outside tank
shutoff is, if you don't already know.
Do not reenter the
If your gas company's
phone number is not already on the back of this booklet, write it in
Out of Gas?
1. Call your gas
2. Shut off the main gas supply valve on your tank or
cylinder. If you're uncertain, call and ask the gas company.
3. Shut off all appliances burners and pilot valves. Each
appliance has a sticker with these instructions.
4. When your gas service is restored, have your gas company
turn on your valves and relight your appliances. Be sure all
gas appliances are checked. While they're here, ask them any
questions you have about home and fuel safety
We offer FREE professional and training
certification to meet requirements for the State of California.
We have made available for your convenience 2 downloadable documents:
Material Safety Data Sheet
Certification of Instruction
How to Enjoy Safe, Clean Burning
1. Have your
appliances installed by your gas company, or a qualified installer.
2. Have your gas company safety check (Gas Check) your venting systems
and appliances periodiacally.
3. Some appliances require venting, via a flue to the outdoors or roof.
Follow all manufacturer venting recommendations, to prevent poisonous
carbon monoxide buildup.
4. Keep areas around gas heaters and furnaces clean, and clear of
5. Equip your house with a BC-rated fire extinguisher, and keep it
charged and current. know how to use it.
6. A good rule is: Light the match first, then turn on the gas when
first lighting an appliance or pilot light.
7. If the flame goes out, turn off the valve and wait a bit before
relighting. This lets unburnt fuel dissipate safely.
8. When removing an appliance, make sure you shutthe valve on the line
supplying the appliance. When removed, CAP the house end of the gas line
you've just disconnected.
9. Rely on qualified gas personnel for appliance repairs. DON'T DO IT