In our last post, we took the time to highlight the variety of residential propane uses that we at DiSanto can help you with, in addition to shining the spotlight on our underground tank propane installation service. Generally speaking, the lowest common denominator of that post is that propane is efficient, cost-effective, safe, clean, and reliable.
We aren’t just throwing those adjectives around freely, either. If you read our site or even our posts of the past, you’ll understand why over 60 million American use propane every year.
And despite the fact that it is a relatively safe fuel source, we want to set our customers up for success by providing all of you with safety recommendations while using propane.
We’ll be talking about our commercial propane services in our next post, but allow us to briefly mention what you need to know about propane, in addition to how we do our part here at DiSanto Propane!
Propane Safety Tips
Keep in mind this is far from a comprehensive guide — each circumstance requires unique solutions and care. That being said, here are some general guidelines which should promote the safety of the general scene.
Let’s start with some basics about propane, in reference to what you need to know on a practical level.
- Gas Leak Detection – if you start to smell gas, don’t wait around to discuss the odor’s peculiarities with your family or friends. Get the heck out of there! Immediately evacuate all living beings from the house and then call your local fire department. After that, call your local propane supplier to let them know so they can work on providing you with a solution.
- Where Are Your Gas Lines? What are you doing right now? Reading this blog while you watch TV? Reading this blog while you are driving? Stop that. Reading this blog while you are searching for your gas lines? That’s better. Once you figure out where they are, you won’t damage them when you work in your yard. Wait, were you reading this blog while you were working in the yard? Doh! We hope you didn’t hit any gas lines while multitasking!
- What Does Propane Smell Like? Maybe we should have started with this one. Too late! Here at DiSanto Propane, we offer a free scratch-n-sniff pamphlet that will let you realize what propane smells like. You may already know, but perhaps your kids don’t. Better safe than sorry!
- Can I store oil-soaked rags near my gas burning appliances? Really, really great question. We are glad you asked, because the answer is absolutely not. Likewise, don’t store cleaning fluids, or really, any kind of flammable liquid near a gas-burning appliance. Keep it away from that pilot light, folks.
- I don’t ever have to change or clean my furnace filters, right? Wrong! Change them as often as is recommend by your manufacturer, which is infiniti-times more than never, if our high school calculus class serves us rightly.
How We Do Our Part
We are a reliable propane company here at DiSanto, and part of that reliability means we adhere to all industry standards and efforts to safeguard propane use. One of these programs is GAS Check®, an inspection program administered by the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) and the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). It affords guidelines to technicians as to how to best perform two different kinds of residential safety inspections. They are listed below.
- Gas System Check – This check is administered on the gas delivery system. It includes regulators, appurtenances, and containers.
- Gas Appliance System Check – This includes all aspects of the gas system check, with the added bonus of checking on all propane-fueled appliances.This system also includes educating homeowners on how to safely and confidently use propane and propane-fueled appliances.
Ask about these checks if you would like more information as to how we perform these checks here at DiSanto Propane!
Reach Out To Us Today
We apologize if we came off a little snarky with the above quazi-FAQ section about propane use in the home. This is important stuff, but sometimes it can cross into “Captain Obvious” territory. Regardless, use this guide not for its sarcasm, but for its practical tips. Don’t store flammable liquids near pilot lights, don’t “hmm and haw” about whether or not it’s actually propane that you smell, and become a DiSanto customer today!