What You Need to Know About Propane
Propane is a very safe fuel, but as with any energy source, there are steps you should take to further ensure your safety.
If you detect a gas leak, immediately evacuate everyone from the house and call your local fire department and then call your propane provider from a neighbor’s telephone.
Learn what propane smells like. We offer a free scratch-and-sniff pamphlet to help you and your family recognize the distinctive odor of propane.
Know where gas lines are located, so you won’t damage them when digging or working in the yard.
Change or clean furnace filters regularly as recommended by the manufacturer.
Don’t store cleaning fluids, oil-soaked rags, gasoline, or other flammable liquids near a gas-burning appliance where vapors could be ignited by the pilot light.
Industry Efforts to Safeguard Propane Use
GAS Check® is an inspection program developed by the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) and the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), and funded by PERC that provides guidelines to technicians on how to perform two different types of residential safety inspections:
- A “Gas System Check” which must be completed on the gas delivery system, including the containers, regulators, and appurtenances; and
- A “Gas Appliance System Check” which includes all of the items of a “Gas Systems Check” as well as on all propane-burning appliances. GAS Check® also educates homeowners on the safe use of propane and the maintenance of propane appliances.