Summer Propane Safety Tips For Your Tennessee Home
June 10, 2021
June is an eventful month, from Father’s Day to beautiful brides to the summer solstice, the official start of summer and the longest day of the year. June also happens to be National Propane Safety Month. So, it’s a perfect time to review some safety guidelines so you can enjoy a safe summer with propane.
- 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 you’re getting 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 is able to recognize the smell—and what to do afterward. In the event that 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 of the carbon monoxide detectors in your home every few months. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions regarding 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 operating properly also. Read more about carbon monoxide safety.
Staying Safe During Storms
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 wind storm, propane (and other fuels) may not be readily 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.
- 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 gas up your car before the storm arrives; power outages could leave you unable to access these essentials.
- If high winds are predicted, secure lawn furniture and other objects in your yard.
- Clear storm drains of any debris that could clog and back up rain water.
If You Have A Propane Generator
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions on how to use it safely.
- Have it professionally serviced at least once a year to keep it running properly.
- Remember to refuel after use.
Read more consumer safety tips for propane.