Propane Safety Tips for Your Tennessee Home

Date: April 29, 2024

A Few Good Reminders For Storm Season

propane safety tennessee Without question, propane is one of the safest fuels you can use in and around your Tennessee home. But to stay as safe as possible, you should always pay close attention to the operation of your propane gas appliances. The best way to keep all your propane equipment running properly is to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for preventive maintenance. Be sure to consult your owner’s manuals for what’s required.

Staying Safe With Propane

Here are other propane safety tips, courtesy of the Propane Education and Research Council.

  • Make sure all adults in your household know how to shut off the flow of gas from your propane storage tank. This is a recommended step if you ever smell propane gas—but shut off the valve only if you feel it’s safe to do so. If you are not sure how to turn off the valve, ask your propane supplier the next time they make a propane delivery.
  • Remember that a propane leak smells like rotten eggs. While propane is odorless, manufacturers incorporate an odor into it to alert homeowners in case of a gas leak. It’s important to confirm that everyone in the home can recognize the smell—and what to do afterward. If you or others in your home may have trouble smelling propane, make plans to install one or more propane gas detectors.
  • Never store portable propane cylinders indoors or in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, shed, or tent.
  • Never use outdoor propane equipment (grills, portable generators, etc.) indoors. Carbon monoxide (CO) from these devices is a dangerous and potentially deadly hazard.
  • Test and replace batteries when needed in all the carbon monoxide detectors in your home every few months. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions about maintenance. Know how to spot the symptoms of CO poisoning, and what to do if someone is experiencing them. Make sure your smoke detectors are working properly also.

Always Call in a Professional for Propane Gas Repairs

Your propane appliances are a valuable investment in your home. You should protect that investment by getting professional maintenance, and when needed, repairs done by a certified technician.

Think about how much a new water heater or furnace costs. Weigh that against your temptation to try and fix it yourself and imagine if your attempts failed and forced you to have to replace the appliance. Here is another reason: trying to repair your propane appliance yourself could void the manufacturer’s warranty.
Need more reasons? Well, you most likely don’t have the proper tools or equipment to do the job. Even worse, you could jeopardize the safety of yourself and your family.

The bottom line: repairing or installing a complex propane appliance can often present unique challenges that require extensive training and sophisticated diagnostic equipment.

Certified propane technicians have the training, experience, and tools to get the job done—quickly, correctly, and safely—thanks in large part to the Certified Employee Training Program (CETP), which is run under the direction of the Propane Education & Research Council.

On-going technician training includes in-house seminars and direct demonstrations from manufacturer representatives, insurance companies, and other propane experts, who discuss the safe installation and repair of the latest appliances.

Storm Safety Tips

Tennessee residents are no strangers to damaging storms, but it never hurts to do a quick safety review. Here are some reminders.

  • Create an emergency preparedness plan and review it with your family. Your list should include instructions on how to turn off your propane and water supply.
  • Ensure you have an adequate supply of propane in your tank, including enough to power your generator. After a major electrical or windstorm, propane may not be easily available, and roads may be inaccessible.
  • Never turn on a light switch, use any power source, or inspect your household appliances while standing in water. This avoids the risk of electrocution.
  • After the storm passes, carefully check your property for downed power lines, damaged gas lines or damage to your propane tank and appliances. Contact your propane company to report any damage to propane equipment.
  • Charge all communications equipment – cellphones, laptops, tablets, etc. – in advance of the storm.
  • Stock up on bags of ice to preserve perishable food.
  • Withdraw cash and fill your car’s gas tank before the storm arrives; power outages could leave you unable to access these essentials.
  • If high winds are predicted, secure lawn furniture, portable propane cylinders and other objects in your yard.
  • Clear storm drains of any debris that could clog and back up rainwater.
  • If you have a propane generator, have it professionally serviced at least once a year to keep it running properly. Remember to refuel after use.

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