Propane Safety

propane safety

Consumer safety when using propane appliances and amenities

If you use propane for hot water generation, cooking, laundry drying, and a range of other lifestyle-enhancing amenities, you can feel confident that for the propane industry, your safety is its first and foremost priority. By the same token, your Florida propane company will do everything possible to ensure that you and your loved ones are safe at all times.

If you’re ever concerned about propane safety issues, do not hesitate to reach out to your propane company. It will have the trained staff, equipment and knowledge to address and resolve the situation. One of the best ways that you can keep a safety issue from arising is to schedule a service visit at least once a year so that a licensed professional can check all your propane tanks and appliances.

Propane’s stellar safety record

We want you to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the propane industry has a remarkable safety record. Much of this is due to the stringent codes and regulations developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Your Florida propane dealer complies with equally strict state and local regulations, including ones that require regular testing and training.

We are all working together to ensure your continued comfort and safety.

Recognizing propane’s smell

Although propane does not have a smell in its natural form, propane producers add an odorant to it to make a gas leak easier to recognize. Odorized propane smells like rotten eggs.

We recommend that you install UL-tested gas detectors near your propane appliances, especially if someone in your home has an impaired sense of smell. Please note that a gas detector is different from a carbon monoxide (CO) detector. While CO detectors are vital for your home’s safety, they will not detect a propane leak.

What to do if you detect a propane leak

Below, you’ll find information about what to do if you detect gas, as well as safety modules for “best practices,” courtesy of the Propane Education and Research Council.

If you smell gas (or are alerted by a gas detector) at your home, vehicle or other area, IMMEDIATELY follow these guidelines:

  • Extinguish all smoking materials and any other open flames or sources of ignition. Everyone should vacate the building, vehicle or area.
  • Do not use any electric switches, appliances, thermostats or telephones, which can produce a spark.
  • If it is safe to do so, close the gas shutoff valve on the propane tank or cylinder.
  • Call 911 and your propane supplier from a mobile phone outside the area or from 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 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 your gas appliances and relight any appliance pilots.
  • Only return to the area when the service or emergency technician indicates it is safe to do so.
  • If you have more questions about propane safety, contact your propane company at any time. If it’s an emergency, always call — DO NOT email.

We’re sure there is some way that propane can enhance your quality of life, secure your well-being and make your daily operations more efficient.