Play It Safe
Propane, compared to its counterparts, has an exceptional safety record. From local to state and federal levels, propane is highly regulated along with its own stringent standards within the propane industry. However, in the event of a propane leak, you still need to have the proper training and ability, so you know what to do to protect yourself and others.
Although a propane leak is unlikely, there is always a chance one may occur. A leak can happen from old or cracked pipes, damage, faulty appliances, or tampering with or repairing valves without the help of a professional. Empty tanks are also susceptible to leaks.
How Will I know If There Is a Leak?
A Note on Carbon Monoxide Safety
What You Need to Know
Here’s your handy checklist of how to keep yourself and others safe if you smell gas:
- No flames or Sparks
Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames, including candles.
- Do not operate: light switches, telephones, thermostats, any appliances, landlines or cell phones.
Flames or sparks from these sources may cause an explosion or fire.
- Leave the area
Get everyone out of the building or home as quickly as possible, and away from the suspected leak area.
- Shut off the gas
Only if it is safe to do so, shut off the valve to your propane tank. To close the valve, turn it right (clockwise) until tight.
- Report the leak
Find a safe area to call and report the leak to 911 or your local fire department. Once you have reported the emergency, call the Gas House at 440-439-4474.
- Do not return to the area
Until you have clear direction to return from your propane retailer, an emergency responder, or a qualified technician, do not return until the issue is resolved.
- Get your system checked
Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, your propane retailer or a qualified service technician must check your entire system to ensure it’s leak-free.
- Safety Data Sheet To download a copy of Safety Data Sheet please click SDS link.