Important Propane Safety Information to Remember
Propane is an incredibly safe alternative fuel source. Nontoxic and producing minimal emissions, propane will not ignite when combined with air unless its ignition source is 940°F or higher. But even though propane has a remarkable safety record, it’s important to remember the proper safety protocol whenever you or a family member use the fuel in its many applications. At Glider Oil, our customers’ safety is our top priority, which is why we’ve compiled this list of propane safety tips to remember in the unlikely event of a leak.
How to detect a leak: Propane is odorless on its own, so it’s treated with an additive to smell like rotten eggs or a skunk’s spray, making it possible to detect a leak. If you smell this odor, no matter how faint, there could be a gas leak. For some people, propane odor can be harder to detect. Therefore a gas detector is recommended. Propane gas detectors provide a measure of security for such cases. When selecting a detector, only purchase a unit listed by Underwriters Laboratories, a worldwide company which tests, inspects and certifies safety equipment.
If you smell gas:
- Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames.
- Immediately leave the area where you suspect the gas is leaking.
- Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank if it is safe to do so. To close, turn the valve clockwise.
- Report the leak from a neighbor’s home or a safe distance away from the site. Do not use your cell phone in the vicinity of a leak. If for some reason you cannot reach Glider Oil, call 9-1-1 or your local fire department.
- Do not return to the building or area until your emergency responder or Glider Oil determines it is safe to do so.
- Get your system checked by Glider Oil afterward to make sure it is leak-free before using it again.
Remember these tips whenever operating any propane-powered equipment. Do not attempt to modify or repair valves, regulators, connectors, controls or other appliance and tank parts on your own. Only allow a qualified service technician to inspect, service, maintain and repair your propane equipment.