Propane gas is a versatile fuel that offers a clean-burning alternative to electricity, oil, and natural gas. Propane appliances should be inspected and maintained on a regular basis, and all propane storage tanks require respect and care.
- Propane gas is flammable. This may seem obvious, but it's important to respect propane and its properties. Whenever you're near a propane storage tank or propane-burning appliance, avoid outside flames and sparks. Don't smoke around these appliances, and if you notice the scent of gas (artificially augmented to smell similar to rotten eggs), turn off all flames and leave the area immediately. Turn off the gas if possible, and contact your propane gas service.
- Have your propane-burning appliances inspected regularly. Pilot lights and burners, such as those found in water heaters and furnaces, should be inspected by a professional on at least an annual basis. Burners that are poorly maintained may not burn cleanly, producing carbon monoxide gas. It's a good idea to invest in both a propane gas and carbon monoxide sensor for your home.
- Don't run out of gas. Your propane storage tank needs to be refilled on a regular basis by a qualified propane delivery service. For large residential tanks, it is very important that the tank itself never reach empty levels. This can cause pilot lights to go out and residual gas in the supply lines to leak into your home. Keep an eye on your propane tank gauge, and consider subscribing to regular deliveries to avoid running out.
Kamps Propane can help you to enjoy the advantages propane has to offer. For more information about living with and using propane gas, visit us online. You can also call us at (209) 823-7641 for information on propane appliances and tank services.