General Safety:

• Never tamper with safety devices, regulators, or storage tank fittings. Modifications or alterations to your propane system must be handled by authorized personnel only.

• Know the layout of your gas services lines, especially if you are doing any type of landscaping or renovations.

• All furnaces should be cleaned regularly. Check with your propane retailer and owners manual for cleaning instructions.

• In case of sediment buildup in your propane fueled water heater, drain your tank until water runs clean.

• Have your range serviced if the flames are not blue. Yellow flames indicate blockage to the air inlets or a burner adjustment may be needed. Contact a technician to service. Also, do not line your range with tin foil--it constricts air circulation.

• Never use a gas range or grill to heat your home.

• Never use propane heaters that are not intended for indoor use. Never use a barbecue grill indoors.

• Have all propane appliances tested regularly by a qualified technician. Always make sure there is plenty of ventilation.

When a Leak is Suspected:

• The easiest way to detect propane is by its “rotten egg” smell. If you smell a leak, evacuate the premises and contact your local fire department and propane supplier. When leaving the premises, do not touch any electrical outlets, light switches or appliances.

• Extinguish all open flames and immediately leave any area where propane fumes are suspected. Never use an open flame to test for propane leaks.

• Go to your propane system's storage vessel, open the tank hood and close the vapor service valve. Then contact your propane provider/qualified technician for assistance.

• Propane is heavier than air. The vapor will move to the lowest point in the room/area, such as the basement. Avoid these areas when a leak is suspected.

• Have your propane system checked if you have any of the following symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning: headaches, dizziness, loss of muscular control, vomiting or watering of the eyes.

Home Heating Safety

Top Four Risky Behaviors of Some Michigan Propane Users:

        1.) DO NOT use rags, tape and epoxy to stop leaks in gas lines.

        2.) DO NOT tamper with propane safety devices to overfill portable cylinders.

        3.) DO NOT connect portable cylinders to home heating systems to heat the home.

        4.) DO NOT store propane cylinders inside homes, garages and barns.

Long, cold winters create a challenge for local residents who cannot afford to pay energy bills during prolonged heating seasons. The cold season increases the number of people who make illegal adjustments to their propane tanks or allow their tanks to completely run dry in a desperate attempt to save money. This puts  them and their families at risk for property damage, bodily injury or even death.

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