Propane is a safe, environmentally-friendly, and economical source of energy. Propane can be used thoughout your home to heat rooms and water, cook indoors and out, dry clothes and heat pools and spas. Like other household and industrial products, propane can be dangerous if handled incorrectly.
This propane safety information covers some basic practices to ensure your family’s safe enjoyment of propane equipment. Star Propane has professionally trained employees you may call if you have questions about the safe handling and use of propane.
IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE A B/C RATED FIRE EXTINGUISHER READILY AVAILABLE. BE SURE IT IS CHARGED AND THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY KNOW HOW TO USE IT.
GENERAL PROPANE CHARACTERISTICS
Propane is transported and stored as a liquid (sometimes called LPG or LP-gas) is a colorless and odorless gas.
Since propane is odorless, it is intentionally odorized so leaks can be detected. The odor is similar to rotten eggs. Call Star Propane for a free “scratch-and-sniff” pamphlet that can help familiarize you, your family, and your co-workers with the smell of propane.
Propane vapors are heavier than air and may accumulate in low-lying areas such as basements and ditches or along floors.
Propane is flammable when mixed with air (oxygen) and can be ignited by many different sources.
HOW TO READ YOUR TANK GAUGE
For safety’s sake – stay above 20%. The Railroad Commission of Texas requires all propane gas companies to peform a leak test before refilling an empty tank, to ensure the integrity of your propane piping system.
If you are not sure how to read your gauge, contact STAR Propane for help.
Enroll in our KEEP FULL plan to eliminate the worry of propane getting too low in your tank
GENERAL SAFETY REMINDERS
Always keep flammable and combustible materials (e.g., paper, clothing, wood, gasoline, solvents) away from any open flames that originate from your appliances.
Know how to shut off the gas supply from your tank or cylinder. If you do not know how, contact STAR Propane for instructions.
Never place your head near or directly over the valves on your storage tank. A sudden release of product from the safety relief valve could result in serious injury.
The propane liquid that is stored in your tank or cylinder can cause severe frostbite if it comes in contact with your skin or eyes.
Never store propane cylinders or containers inside any enclosed building.
Treat all propane gas odors seriously. Any odors may indicate a very dangerous situation.
Never assume that propane odor is only the result of your tank being near empty. If the odor persists, you may have a serious leak.
You should always contact STAR Propane if you suspect a leak.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU SMELL GAS . . .
- Extinguish all smoking materials and any other open flames or sources of ignition.
- Everyone should vacate the building, vehicle, trailer or area. Do that IMMEDIATELY!
- Do not attempt to light a pilot.
- Do not operate electrical switches.
- Do not use your phone.
- Any of these actions could cause a spark, which in turn could ignite the gas.
- Close the gas shutoff valve on the propane tank or cylinder.
- Call STAR Propane and/or your local fire department from a cellular telephone or a neighbor’s telephone.
- Even if you do not continue to smell propane, do not open or turn on the propane supply valve. Do not re-enter the building, vehicle or area. Let a qualified propane service technician and/or emergency personnel check for escaped propane.
- Have a properly trained propane service technician with Star Propane repair the leak. The propane service technician or emergency responder needs to determine that the leak situation has been fully resolved. The propane service technician should check all of your gas appliances and re-light any appliance pilots.
- Return to the building, camper, RV or area only when the Star Propane service technician or emergency technician indicates it is safe to do so.
Still have questions? Please contact us anytime! We look forward to hearing from you.