Home Heating Safety
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.
Filling and removing propane (LP-Gas) from a container can only be done by a qualified person trained in proper handing and operating procedures. (National Fire Protection Association 58-04 7.2.2)
When a Leak is Suspected:
Extinguish all open flames and immediately leave the area.
Never use an open flame to test for propane leaks.
Avoid the lowest points in a room.
Propane is heavier than air and will move to these areas.
If you detect a "rotten egg" smell evacuate the premises.
Contact your local fire dept and propane supplier.
Do not touch any electrical outlets, light switches or appliances.
Go to your propane system's storage vessel and close the vapor service valve.
Have your propane system checked if you have any of the following symptoms:
Headaches, dizziness, loss of muscular control, vomiting, or watering of the eyes.
Do's and Don'ts of Home Heating Safety:
• DON'T use rags, tape, and epoxy to stop leaks in gas lines.
• DON'T tamper with safety devices, regulators, or storage tank fittings.
• DON'T connect portable cylinders to home heating systems to heat the home.
• DON'T store propane inside homes, garages, and barns.
• DON'T line your range with tin foil- it constricts air circulation.
• DON'T use propane heaters that are intended for outdoor use (i.e. gas range or barbecue grill).
• DO know the layout of your gas services lines, especially if you are doing any type of landscaping or renovations.
• DO clean all furnaces regularly. Check with your propane retainer and owners manual for instructions.
• DO drain your tank until the water runs clean, in case of sediment buildup in your propane fueled water heater.
• DO have your range serviced if the flaws are not blue.
Yellow flames indicated blockage to the air inlets or a burner adjustment is needed. Contact a technician to service.
• DO have all propane appliances tested regularly by a qualified technician.
• DO make sure there is plenty of ventilation.
Getting Your Propane System Inspected:
If You Suspect a Gas Leak: