Propane Safety Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

June is National Propane Safety Month! As we know by now, Texas homeowners who stay comfortable with propane choose this energy option for its longstanding history of efficiency, affordability, and, of course, safety. You can count on propane to fuel your heating system, power your stovetop, and so much more. That’s why the propane experts at Green’s Blue Flame are proud to provide our customers in the greater Houston, TX region with reliable propane delivery and service. Follow these industry-approved safety tips to aid our team in keeping your home safe from season to season.

Preventative Propane Safety

Understand Your Tank

It is very important to familiarize yourself with the general functions of your propane tank. Know how to read your tank gauge and turn off your gas supply. Regularly monitoring your propane tank levels will help avoid the risk of running out of fuel, which can cause costly damage.

Educate Your Family

Make sure all members of your household understand propane safety precautions. This includes proper measures for storage, like keeping flammable items clear from your heating system, and proper handling of propane cylinders, like your grill tank. Never store propane cylinders inside any enclosed building. Establish a family evacuation plan with clear instructions and a meeting point to keep everyone safe in the rare event of a leak.

Take Care of Your Appliances

Schedule regular maintenance for your heating system and propane-powered appliances. This will promote safe, unobstructed operation and improve fuel efficiency. Keep an eye on the flame in your gas-range stove. If it burns yellow instead of blue, that can indicate an issue with your burner inlet.

Related Post: Benefits of Propane Tank Monitors in Southeast Texas

What to Do If You Smell Propane:

Propane is naturally colorless, odorless, and non-toxic. A scent is added to help detect if a leak has occurred. If you smell propane:

  1. Extinguish any open flames. Do not turn any devices on or off. This includes light switches, phones, computers, flashlights, or appliances.
  2. Alert all inhabitants and inform them to leave the home or commercial building immediately.
  3. Do not try to find the source of the leak.
  4. Be prepared to identify your location and whether the smell is inside or outside of the building.
  5. Call our team from the closest building landline or from your cellphone away from the leak site. If you cannot get in touch with a Green’s Blue Flame representative, call 911 or your local fire department immediately.
  6. Do not return to the building until a qualified technician says it is safe to do so.

Be sure to visit the Propane Education and Research Council’s website for additional propane safety information and contact the pros at Green’s Blue Flame with all your propane questions.

Related Post: Why Texas Homeowners Love Propane Appliances

Stay Safe with Our Reliable Propane Services

At Green’s Blue Flame, we make it our mission to keep our customers’ homes running with propane fuel and products that are designed with efficiency and safety in mind. Place a propane fuel delivery order online today or learn more about our Tank Monitored Autofill program here. Get in touch with our team to request propane service or to get a FREE estimate on a new propane tank installation. We look forward to serving you!