IMPORTANT PROPANE SAFETY INFORMATION FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY - Please read and follow the safety rules listed below. Share this information with your family to help keep everyone safe and to reduce the risk of serious and potentially fatal injury, fire, or explosion.
IF YOU SMELL GAS!
1. NO FLAMES OR SPARKS.
Immediately put out all smoking materials and other
open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones,
or cell phones. Flames or sparks from these sources
can trigger an explosion or a fire.
2. LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY.
Get everyone out of the building or area where
you suspect gas is leaking.
3. SHUT OFF THE GAS.
Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank
if it is safe to do so. To close the valve,
turn it to the right (clockwise).
4. REPORT THE LEAK.
From a neighbor’s home or other nearby building away from
the gas leak, call your propane retailer
right away. If you can’t reach your propane
retailer, call 911 or your local fire department.
5. DO NOT RETURN TO THE BUILDING OR
Until your propane retailer, emergency
responder, or qualified service technician
determines that it is safe to do so.
6. GET YOUR SYSTEM CHECKED.
Before you attempt to use any of your propane
appliances, your propane retailer or a qualified
service technician must check your
entire system to ensure that it is leak-free
CAN YOU SMELL IT?
Propane smells like rotten eggs, a skunk’s
spray, or a dead animal. Some people may
have difficulty smelling propane due to their
age (older people may have a less sensitive
sense of smell); a medical condition; or the
effects of medication, alcohol, tobacco,
On rare occasions, propane
can lose its odor. Several things can cause
• The presence of air, water, or rust in a
propane tank or cylinder
• The passage of leaking propane through
Since there is a possibility of odor loss
or problems with your sense of smell,
you should respond immediately to even
a faint odor of gas.
Propane gas detectors
Under some circumstances, you may not
smell a propane leak. Propane gas detectors
sound an alarm if they sense propane in the
air. They can provide an additional measure
of security. You should consider the purchase
of one or more detectors for your home.
GUIDELINES regarding propane gas detectors:
• Buy only units that are listed by
Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
• Follow the manufacturer’s instructions
regarding installation and maintenance.
• Never ignore the smell of propane, even
if no detector is sounding an alarm.
AND YOUR SAFETY.
WHAT IS CARBON MONOXIDE (CO)?
You can’t taste or smell CO, but it is a very
dangerous gas, produced when any fuel
burns. High levels of CO can come from
appliances that are not operating correctly,
or from a venting system or chimney that
CO CAN BE DEADLY!
High levels of CO can make you dizzy or sick (see below). In
extreme cases, CO can cause brain damage
• Headache • Shortness of breath
• Dizziness • Nausea
If you suspect CO is present,
1. If you or a family member shows
physical symptoms of CO poisoning,
get everyone out of the building and
call 911 or your local fire department.
2. If it is safe to do so, open windows
to allow entry of fresh air, and turn
off any appliances you suspect may
be releasing CO .
3. If no one has symptoms, but you
suspect that CO is present, call
your propane retailer or a qualified
service technician to check CO
levels and your propane equipment.
To help reduce the
risk of CO poisoning :
• Have a qualified service technician check
your propane appliances and related venting
systems annually, preferably before the
heating season begins.
• Install UL-listed CO detectors on every
level of your home.
• Never use a gas oven or range-top
burners to provide space heating.
• Never use portable heaters indoors
unless they are designed and approved
for indoor use.
• Never use a barbecue grill (propane or
charcoal) indoors for cooking or heating.
• Regularly check your appliance exhaust
vents for blockage.
Signs of improper appliance
operation that can generate
high CO levels:
• Sooting, especially on appliances
• Unfamiliar or burning odor
• Increased moisture inside of windows
WHAT IS PROPANE?
Propane (also called LPG—liquefied
petroleum gas—or LP gas) is a liquid fuel
stored under pressure. In most systems,
propane is vaporized to a gas before it leaves
the tank. Propane is flammable when mixed
with air (oxygen) and can be ignited by many
sources, including open flames, smoking
materials, electrical sparks, and static
electricity. Severe freeze burn or frostbite
can result if propane liquid comes in contact
with your skin.
LIGHTING PILOT LIGHTS.
IF A PILOT LIGHT REPEATEDLY GOES
OUT or is very difficult to light, there may
be a safety problem. DO NOT try to fix
the problem yourself. It is strongly recommended
that only a QUALIFIED SERVICE
TECHNICIAN light any pilot light that has
you are taking the risk of starting
a fire or an explosion if you light a pilot
light yourself. Carefully follow all of the
manufacturer’s instructions and warnings
concerning the appliance before attempting
to light the pilot.
LEAVE IT TO THE EXPERTS.
Only a qualified service technician has the training to install,
inspect, service, maintain, and repair your
appliances. Have your appliances and
propane system inspected just before the
start of each heating season.
HELP YOUR APPLIANCES “BREATHE ."
Check the vents of your appliances to be
sure that flue gases can flow easily to the
outdoors; clear away any insect or bird
nests or other debris. Also, clear the area
around your appliances so plenty of air can
reach the burner for proper combustion.
DO NOT TRY TO MODIFY OR REPAIR.
valves, regulators, connectors, controls,
or other appliance and cylinder/tank parts.
Doing so creates the risk of a gas leak that
can result in property damage, serious
injury, or death.
Have older appliance connectors
inspected. Certain older appliance connectors
may crack or break, causing a gas
leak. If you have an appliance that is more
than 20 years old, have a qualified service
technician inspect the connector. Do not
do this yourself, as movement of the appliance
might damage the connector and
cause a leak.
Flammable vapors are a safety
hazard. The pilot light on your propane
appliance can ignite vapors from gasoline,
paint thinners, and other flammable liquids.
Be sure to store and use flammable liquids
outdoors or in an area of the building containing
no propane appliances.
DON’T RISK IT!
If you cannot operate
any part of your propane system, or if
you think an appliance or other device
is not working properly, call your propane
retailer or a qualified service technician
Running out of gas
DON’T RUN OUT OF GAS.
serious safety hazards, including fire
or explosion, can result.
• If an appliance valve or a gas line is left
open, a leak could occur when the system
is recharged with propane.
• If your propane tank runs out of gas, any
pilot lights on your appliances will go out.
This can be extremely dangerous.
A LEAK CHECK IS REQUIRED.
In many states, a propane retailer or a qualified
service technician must perform a leak
check of your propane system before
turning on the gas.