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Propane Safety Steps

Originally published by the Propane Council

When it comes to gas appliances, safety is a top priority. If you smell gas in your home, follow these steps with Haigood & Campbell in Irving:

#1 – No flames or sparks.

Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones. Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger an explosion or a fire.

#2 – Leave the area immediately.

Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.

#3 – Shut off the gas.

Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).

#4 – Report the leak.

From a neighbor’s home or other nearby building away from the gas leak, call your propane retailer right away. If you can’t reach your propane retailer, call 911 or your local fire department.

#5 – Do not return to the building or area.

Until your propane retailer, emergency responder, or qualified service technician determines that it is safe to do so.

#6 – Get your system checked.

Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, your propane retailer or a qualified service technician must check your entire system to ensure that it is leak-free.

Safe Appliance Installation

Installing or repairing gas appliances — or undertaking any gas-related project — is not something to take lightly. It’s something only a qualified professional should handle.

Safe Grilling

Don’t forget: The most important ingredient to any grill-out is safety. Check out these important tips to prevent injury and keep propane grilling enjoyable.

#1 – Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Whether it’s assembly, use, maintenance, cleaning, or storage, make your grill manufacturer’s instructions your go-to resource for safe grilling.

#2 – Position the grill in a safe location.

Keep your grill outdoors and at least five feet from the house on a level surface that is clear of outdoor furniture, overhead trees, or other potential fire hazards.

#3 – Check for leaks.

Use a soapy water solution to check connections for leaks. Expanding bubbles indicate a leak. Follow this procedure every time you replace a cylinder.

#4 – Follow proper lighting procedures.

Follow the manufacturer’s lighting instructions, and with all grill models, keep the lid open and don’t lean over the grill when lighting it.

#5 – Follow proper relighting procedures.

If your flame goes out, turn off the gas and refer to your owner’s manual. At a minimum, with all grill models, keep the lid open and wait at least 15 minutes before relighting.

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