Though propane is a safe and reliable fuel, it does require some precautions. Our expert team at Annapolis Propane & Fuels wants you to remain completely safe whenever you use propane to heat your homes or for other recreational uses. That is why we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about propane safety and what to do in the case of an emergency. These FAQs will help give you peace of mind about using propane and the knowledge to recognize a hazardous situation.
Can You Smell Propane?
Propane has a very distinctive order to it, like rotten eggs or the liquid spray from a skunk. However, it actually can be difficult to smell due to age, medical condition, or the effects of alcohol and narcotics. In very rare instances, propane can even become odorless. Your local propane company in Maryland urges you to do the following if you smell even the faintest odor of gas:
- DO NOT CREATE SPARKS OR FLAMES. Immediately put out all smoking materials and open flames. Do not operate any lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones. The slightest spark can trigger a fire or even an explosion.
- LEAVE THE AREA AT ONCE. Gather everyone in your home, building, campsite or wherever else and get as far away as you can from the area where you think the gas leak is.
- TURN OFF THE GAS. If it is safe to do so, immediately shut off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank. You will need to turn the valve clockwise (to the right).
- CALL IN THE LEAK. When you are at a safe distance from the affected area and able to access a phone, reach out to Annapolis Propane & Fuels about the leak. It is also a smart idea to call 911 or your local fire department.
- WAIT TO RETURN TO YOUR HOME. Do not enter your home, building, or the affected area until a professional from Annapolis Propane & Fuels, an emergency responder, or a qualified service technician has completed a thorough inspection of your system to guarantee it is leak-free.
- HAVE YOUR SYSTEM CHECKED OUT. Before using your propane appliances, one of the expert team members from your local propane company in Maryland needs to go over your entire system to make sure it is 100% leak-free.
What Happens If I Run Out Of Propane?
When you run out of propane and your tank is empty, the pilot light for each appliance or service that runs on propane will be outed, which is extremely dangerous. If one of the valves or gas lines for an appliance remains open, a leak can happen whenever your system is refilled with propane. This is why we tell customers to close all valves when you run out of propane, and give us a call for a leak check, refill, and system restart.
Ask about our Automatic Delivery service available, that way Annapolis Propane can monitor your propane usage to prevent runouts. And ask about your “No Run-out Guarantee”.
How Can I Prepare For Severe Weather?
Severe weather can appear out of nowhere during any season, but especially in the winter. It is imperative that you keep a careful eye on the level of propane in your tank, keep it clear of any debris, and monitor your usage. We also recommend that you contact us (via telephone) if you think your tank is low or several days before an expected storm so that we can ensure you have plenty of propane to weather the storm.
Here at Annapolis Propane & Fuels, we hope that these FAQs help you to safely enjoy using propane. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you have, and we look forward to serving you!