When properly used, propane is one of the safest, most versatile fuels. If your business relies on propane for day-to-day operation, you need to be certain you understand propane safety and the appropriate way to handle propane.
Safety is a top priority in any business. That’s way it’s always important that you know what to do in the event of a leak or emergency scenario. Consider these tips for propane safety for your business:
Propane Safety and Proper Use
To ensure workplace safety, you should always use caution when handling appliances, fuel lines, generators, and tanks.
Remember – propane is flammable and may cause fires or explosions if improperly handled.
- Propane is heavier than air and can collect at floor level. Carefully smell in low spots to check for propane leaks.
- Be sensitive to any gas odors and investigate all foul smells. The slightest smell (what you might think is garbage or sewage) could indicate a severe gas leak.
If you smell gas…
- Take immediate action, putting out any open flames and all smoking materials. Don’t operate your cell phone, telephone, appliances, lights, or anything that could spark and trigger an explosion.
- Get everyone to evacuate the area or building where you suspect the gas is leaking.
- 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.
Never try to modify or repair propane equipment on your own if there is a problem.
- Trying to repair connectors, controls, regulators, valves, or other cylinder/tank parts without help can create the risk of a gas leak.
- If you aren’t able to operate machinery or think an appliance isn’t properly working, contact a professional to inspect, adjust, repair or replace your propane system.
Be sure to carefully handle propane tanks.
- Don’t store or use propane tanks in basements or living spaces
- Always properly secure portable propane tanks when transporting them
- Never leave portable propane tanks inside cars or closed vehicles
- Contact a qualified propane service provider to connect tanks to appliances
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. Also, Georgia businesses with propane tanks must complete a leakage test annually.
If you have any concerns when handling, changing, or filling propane tanks, please call Georgia Gas at (404) 497-1600 immediately. One of our qualified representatives will be happy to help you with any questions you might have.