General Propane Safety Guidelines
Propane is a dangerous, hazardous gas and should be treated with the utmost care and caution. Here are the most basic and important rules of propane fuel.
What to do if you smell gas:
- Extinguish any smoking materials or other open flames
- DO NOT use your phone or flip any electrical switches
- Everyone should leave the area (pets and animals include) and not return until a trained propane technician and/or the fire department have fixed, checked, and re-lit all your propane appliances
- If you are in an area where propane is being use, be alert for even the faintest smell of propane, as it could mean trouble
- Do not try to judge how bad or how dangerous a gas leak is based on the strength of the smell. All gas leaks pose a serious risk
NEVER use outdoor propane appliances indoors, such as patio heaters, grills, and generators, as it can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning or even death.
NEVER lock the lid to your residential propane tank. This is where the shut-off valve for the entire system is located, and in an emergency you need immediate access to it.