Safety | Outdoor Safety
Gas Safety Check
If your home has a propane furnace, water heater, range or other
conveniences, you should schedule a gas check of your whole propane
system, including the appliances. Your local propane gas supplier
will send a specially trained service technician to check your
system for leaks and ensure that it meets all applicable safety
standards. The technician will also check your tank, piping, regulators,
gauges, connectors, valves, vents, thermostats, pilots, burners
and appliance controls to make sure they are in good working condition.
The Railroad Commission also suggests that homeowners who fuel
furnaces and appliances with propane contact their local dealer
about having their propane delivery accounts put on "automatic." An
automatic or "keep-full" account ensures that an adequate
supply of gas will be available, no matter how cold the weather
or treacherous the road conditions.
Parents should make sure children who are home alone know the
rules of gas appliance safety. Let your children know what
your furnace, water heater or refrigerator can make. They will
be less fearful on their own if they know that your water heater
normally gurgles or the furnace sometimes creaks and pops. Children
should know not to turn on propane gas appliances without parental
supervision; to keep papers and toys away from furnaces, space
heaters and gas fireplaces; and to steer
clear of propane storage tanks and shut-off valves. Naturally
odorless propane gas has
a rotten-egg smell added to it, to help identify any leaks.
sure your child recognizes the smell by using a 'scratch and
sniff' brochure available from your propane supplier. Tell
if they smell gas, they should leave the home right away, without
using any electric switches or appliances. Children should go
to a trusted neighbor's home for help, and call mom or dad
fire department from there.
Take these steps to protect your family and property before and
after a flood, hurricane or severe storm.
Getting ready for a flood or hurricane.
1. Properly secure the propane tank, if possible.
2. Turn off the gas supply valve at the tank.
3. Fasten the protective dome on the tank.
4. Turn off appliance pilot lights, control valves and manual shut-off
5. Ensure an adequate supply of fuel in the tank. After the flood
or hurricane has passed, look for visible structural damage, including
damaged external venting and vent caps.
Call your propane dealer or qualified technician if:
1. You smell propane gas.
2. Your propane tank has shifted or moved.
3. The tank regulator has been exposed to water.
4. The gas lines are broken, bent, damaged or have pulled away
from the propane tank or appliances.
5. Propane appliances or their controls have been exposed to water.
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