6 Propane Safety Tips To Use This Spring

Written By: on March 16, 2021

Enjoy The benefits Of Propane—Safely!

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Propane can do so much for your Northern Arizona home. From home heating to cooking to water heating and outdoor living, propane makes the quality of life at your home better.

Propane has an outstanding safety record, thanks to government regulation and high industry standards. But you still need to know about propane safety best practices.

As warmer weather approaches, here are some things you need to know:

Get To Know Your Propane System

You need to know how to turn off your home’s propane supply both at your tank and your propane appliances.

Learn where and how to shut off your supply from your propane tank. Get out the owner’s manuals for all your propane appliances and learn how to shut off the propane supply for each. If you have any questions about parts or pieces, please be sure to contact us—we’ll be happy to help.

Know What Propane Smells Like

In its natural state, propane has no smell at all. An odorant is added during processing to give it a distinctive smell that makes it easy to be aware of a propane link. The most common description of that odor is that it’s like rotten eggs.

Make sure everyone of all ages in your home knows that—as detecting that smell is important in identifying a possible leak.

Install Propane Leak Detectors

Occasionally, you may not be able to smell a propane link. You may have allergies, a cold, or the effects of a medical condition such as COVID-19. Older people, smokers, and people on prescription medications may have a diminished sense of smell.

There are rare occurrences of the rotten-egg smell not being there because of water or rust in the propane tank.

Cases like those above are why we urge our customers to install propane leak detectors in their home. They should be near all propane appliances and outside all sleeping areas—similar to that of smoke or carbon monoxide detectors.

Be Safe With Propane Cylinders

As grilling season heats up along with the weather, you’ll be using propane cylinders for your grill more frequently.

When transporting cylinders, keep them upright to prevent leaks. Even an empty propane cylinder may still have enough propane to leak. Don’t leave cylinders in the car for very long, especially in hot weather. It’s best to go directly to the nearest Superior Propane refill station, refill your cylinder, and go directly home.

NEVER store propane cylinders indoors or in a basement, sunporch, carport, or shed. And be sure to store them outdoors and in an upright position at all times.

Check Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, and dangerous gas. CO poisoning can make you sick, cause organ damage, and can kill.

If you do not have carbon monoxide detectors in your home, now is the time to install them. They should be on every level of your home and outside all sleeping areas. Install according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Check your CO detectors when you change your smoke detector batteries twice a year. Carbon monoxide detectors need to be replaced after five years.

Check On Your Generators

If you use a propane whole-house backup generator, get it serviced at least once a year. Make sure you have enough propane in your generator’s propane tank to last at least a week.

Generators that sit idle for long may develop problems that could lead to a breakdown when you need your generator running. Start your generator at least once every month and let it run for about 20 minutes.

Power it up to a full load and pay close attention for any problems.

From Parks to Prescott, Seligman to Winslow, and everywhere in between, you get reliable, safe and courteous delivery of propane to your home or business. And we make it even easier with our Keep Full automatic propane delivery plan! Become a Superior Propane customer and let us benefit your home or business today.