June is National Propane Safety Month, and you know what that means—we’re here with important propane safety information that’s important for all users of the fuel to know about. Whether you use propane gas for home heating, agricultural power, or business operations, read the tips below to make sure you’re using your propane fuel in a safe and code-compliant way. If you have any propane safety questions, you can always visit our FAQ page, or give us a call at (800) 772-5921. We’ll be pleased to speak with you.
Propane Safety Tips for Your Texas Operation
Here are some important steps you can follow to help ensure you’re using propane safely:
- Request a scratch-and-sniff brochure from Enderby Gas, so you and your family can learn the smell of propane. The smell can be similar to a dead animal, rotten eggs, or a skunk’s spray.
- If you’re doing any yardwork or digging, call 811 or visit Texas811.org to determine where propane lines are located for free. This will help you avoid damaging any propane lines.
- Change or clean furnace filters regularly, as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Keep flammable fluids, rags, gasoline, and other flammable items and liquids far away from your gas-burning appliances to avoid the risk of vapors being ignited by the pilot light.
- If you think you smell propane gas, immediately evacuate the house or building and follow the Propane Education & Research Council’s tips listed below.
What to Do If You Smell Propane Gas
The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) recommends following these steps if you think you smell the scent of propane gas in your home or on your property:
- Extinguish flames and sparks. Put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Avoid using anything that can create a spark or electrical charge such as lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones that can ignite an explosion or fire.
- Leave the area. Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.
- Shut off the gas. If it is safe to do so, turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise). If you have more than one tank, turn them all off.
- Report the leak. Call your propane supplier right away — from a neighbor’s home or nearby building — and if you can’t reach them, call 911 or your local fire department.
- Do not return to the building or area. Wait until your propane supplier, an emergency responder, or a qualified service technician determines that it is safe to do so.
- Get your system checked. Have your propane supplier or qualified service technician check your entire system before attempting to use any of your propane appliances.
Have More Propane Safety Questions?
Our number one priority is keeping you safe—if you have any questions or concerns about propane gas, please give our LPG experts a call. They’ll be more than happy to discuss safe propane use with you and give you resources to learn more about propane safety information when it comes to use in the North Central Texas area. Your safety is a responsibility we take very seriously; we appreciate your trust in our propane team.