Although many of us use propane for various purposes in and around our homes, there are some things that you should keep in mind to ensure safe usage.
Propane can be dangerous, but if you keep using these safety tips you will not have any problems with propane.
- Keep combustible and flammable materials away from your propane and any open flames that originate from the appliances associated with it. For example, if you use a cover on your outdoor grill, keep the cover well away from the appliance when it is in use.
- Always keep the gas shut off from the propane tank or cylinder when the appliance is not in use.
- Do not store propane cylinders inside an enclosed building.
- Do not put your head directly over the valve of the propane tank. The rush of gas from the relief valve could cause injury.
- Propane that is stored within a propane tank can cause serious frostbite if it comes in contact with your skin or eyes. Always handle tanks with gloves.
- Be aware of gas odors and take it seriously. If you smell gas, you could have a leak and it could be a serious problem.
If you do have a gas leak you may smell that ‘rotten egg’ smell. If this should occur, there are some steps that you should take:
- Do not light a match.
- Do not operate electrical switches or appliances.
- Leave doors and windows open to achieve additional ventilation.
- Leave your home or the premises and call your local gas company for assistance.
If you are using propane gas in and around your home, you should have regular safety inspections to make sure that everything is running properly.
Even if you just use propane for your grill, you should make sure and have the tank and all connections inspected periodically for safety purposes.