Propane gas usage spans from residential homes to businesses big or small. Although it is a cheap and efficient means of heating your house or powering up your business equipment, propane when mishandled can also cost you a lot. If you don’t want to lose valuable property or business establishment to propane fuel, here are some tips to help ensure safety when using it.
Since propane is a highly flammable gas, regulations require that the filling connection on your tank should be at least ten feet from a source of external ignition, the ventilation source for a gas appliance, or any mechanical ventilation source.
The proper storage and handling of propane tanks is vital to avoid fire and other unforeseen incidents. Tanks should be stored away from living spaces or enclosed areas such as basements and must be in an upright, vertical position. Keep in mind to keep them away from ignition sources. To avoid leakage, have them checked for physical damages such as dents or rust. Never use an open flame to check for leakage.
If you suspect propane leakage or smell gas, immediately shut the gas source off and extinguish any smoking materials or open flames. Evacuate the area and contact your supplier and a professional propane service technician to have the location checked and the leak repaired for you. Don’t try to repair the problem on your own! Only re-enter the building or house when your technician declares that it is safe to do so.
Make sure that you do not run out of gas; an empty storage tank can be dangerous once air and moisture get into it. There are some rare instances when, due to rust build-up and other causes, propane odor cannot be smelled, thus narrowing your chance of detecting leaks.
You may purchase a propane gas detector to help you out. If you are in Lowell, Michigan, call Dependable LP Gas Co., we know what to do in a case of propane gas leakage.
When using a propane grill, always do it in an outdoor area with proper and efficient ventilation. Keep the valve of the cylinder shut when you aren’t using it, and do not smoke when handling fuel tanks. Prevent rust, dirt, and moisture accumulation when you aren’t using your tank by using protective fitting caps to cover hose-end fittings that have been disconnected. You can also use these caps to cover burner air intakes when not in use.
We hope that you’ll keep these tips in mind for you and your family’s safety. Should you need propane for residential or commercial use, don’t hesitate to call Dependable LP Gas Co. today! We cover Kent, Barry, Montcalm, Ionia, Newaygo and Allegan Counties. Dependable LP Gas is your go-to shop for all your propane needs. We have a 24/7 emergency service for a quick and immediate response to any problem or need you may encounter. Contact us at 800-465-9912 today and we’ll find out how we can help you!