As one of the most affordable, efficient fuel alternatives, propane is a powerful resource for business owners and homeowners alike. When used properly, propane is a very safe and versatile fuel – and just like any other energy source, it’s important to use caution when handling propane.
Here are a few important propane safety tips to keep in mind.
The Do’s & Don’ts of Handling Propane
To ensure the protection of your home and business, be sure you know what you should (and should not) do when handling propane tanks and appliances.
- Always make sure your portable tank is properly secured before transporting
- Secure temporary tanks before using for hot water, cooking or building heat
- Investigate all foul odors – what you think might be garbage could be a serious gas leak
- Never store or place a propane cylinder or grill inside
- Leave your portable propane tank in a closed vehicle
- Never use your propane stove or oven as space heater
- Run out of propane – running out of gas can result in a serious safety hazard, causing a leak or rust build-up and making your pilot light go out
And remember to contact a qualified Georgia Gas professional to connect tanks to appliances, evaluate your property for potential dangers and conduct a leak test.
If You Smell Gas…
Take action immediately.
- Put out any open flames
- Get everyone to evacuate the area or building where you suspect the gas is leaking
- Don’t operate your cell phone, appliances, lights or anything that could spark and trigger an explosion
- If it is safe to do so, shut off the gas supply valve of your propane tank
- Report the leak from a nearby business or building away from the gas leak: Call your propane provider right away, or if you can’t reach your propane servicer, call 911
- Don’t return to the building or area until a propane servicer or emergency responder has determined it is safe to do so
- Before you use any propane appliances or equipment, get your system checked to ensure that the entire system is free of leaks and safe to use
Georgia Propane Safety
In the state of Georgia, a qualified propane service retailer must perform a leak check of your propane system before the gas is turned on. Georgia businesses must also complete leakage tests for propane tanks annually.
If you have any concerns about safe propane handling at your home or business, please call Georgia Gas at immediately. One of our qualified representatives will be happy to help you with any questions you might have.