Propane is one of the safest sources of home energy around – and one of the most effective fuels for keeping you warm through the long Seacoast winter. But just as with any home energy source, you have to know what to do if something goes wrong with your propane-fired equipment so you can keep your family safe in the event of an emergency.
Here are six important propane safety reminders for the winter months ahead:
Make sure all adults in your home know how to shut off your propane supply at the source (that is, at your propane storage tank). If you are not sure how to do that, contact us.
Never store propane cylinders indoors or in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, shed, or tent.
Never use outdoor propane equipment (grills, portable generators, etc.) indoors: carbon monoxide (CO) from these devices is a dangerous and potentially deadly hazard.
Test and replace batteries in all CO detectors in your home every winter, following the manufacturer’s instructions regarding maintenance. Know how to spot the symptoms of CO poisoning, and what to do if someone is experiencing them. We also strongly suggest installing propane leak detectors, which will warn you of a leak in the event of propane odor loss.
Listen to authorities – Monitor local media and websites for instructions on the appropriate actions to take.
Clean up after the storm – Clear a path to your propane tank at least one foot wide for refills and tank maintenance. Use a broom to clear all vents, chimneys, and flues to reduce the risk of CO poisoning.
Assess your equipment – If you believe that any of your propane equipment has been damaged, contact us immediately for an inspection. Remember, if you shut down your propane gas supply, you are required to have a pressure test performed by a licensed propane contractor before you can use your propane equipment again. If you are experiencing a no-heat emergency, call us directly at (207) 384-2213 to speak with a live representative who can talk to you immediately, day or night.
At P. Gagnon & Son, your safety is always priority #1! If you have any questions about propane safety in your Southern Maine or New Hampshire home, please let us know.