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Propane Safety Reminders for Winter

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Posted: December 13, 2018

At P. Gagnon & Son, your safety is always our priority.

That is why we spend so much time and effort making sure our propane deliveries are executed according to the highest propane safety standards, and why we invest in ongoing training to keep our technicians up to date in the latest technologies and safety protocols available.

It’s also why we follow the stringent propane safety guidance provided by the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA), including its “Duty to Warn” standard. Among other things, Duty to Warn explains how to recognize the smell of propane, and what to do if you smell propane gas in your home.

As we get set to embark on another Seacoast-area winter, it’s a good idea to review this propane safety information with you. If you have any questions about this information or any other propane safety issues, contact us.

  1. Make sure all members of your house know the smell of a propane leak.
    • Propane smells like rotten eggs or a skunk’s spray; propane manufacturers add this smell to help alert consumers to propane leaks.
    • If you are concerned that you or others in your home may have difficulty smelling propane, consider installing one or more propane gas detectors.
  2. If you smell a propane leak,
    • Extinguish all smoking materials and any open flames or other sources of ignition. Everyone should vacate the building, vehicle or area.
    • Move away without using any electric switches, appliances, thermostats or telephones
    • If it is safe to do so, close the gas shutoff valve on the propane tank or cylinder.
    • Call us or your local fire department from a mobile phone or a neighbor’s telephone.
    • Even if you do not continue to smell propane, do not open or turn on the propane supply valve. Do not reenter the building, vehicle or area. Let a qualified propane service technician or emergency personnel check for escaped propane.
    • Have a properly trained propane service technician repair the leak. The propane service technician or emergency responder needs to determine that the leak situation has been fully resolved. The propane service technician should check all of your gas appliances and relight any appliance pilots.
    • Return to the building, camper, RV or area only when the service technician or emergency responder indicates that it is safe to do so.

Remember: Contact us any time if you have questions about using propane safely. If it’s an emergency, ALWAYS call us directly at 207-384-2213.