There’s no doubt that propane is a safe energy source for your home. However, using it responsibly should be kept at top of mind to safely heat and power your home. At Keystone Propane, we prioritize propane safety to keep you and your family safe. So as we near the end of the winter season and approach warmer spring weather, you’ll more than likely be using your propane in a few extra ways for activities such as grilling and patio heating on those cooler spring days. Here are a few propane safety tips to put into practice to keep your home safe for the upcoming season, both inside and out.
Properly Store Propane
First, let’s talk about storage. You should never place propane cylinders inside or in any enclosed area. These include areas such as sheds, basements, and garages. Due to potential leaks, always store them upright and outdoors in a place that they won’t get knocked over.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors Throughout Your Home
Always have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed on each level of your home when using propane. Be sure to have them in your bedrooms in particular. There are times when carbon monoxide leaks occur with no clear warning, such as a distinct smell. For example, propane gas leaks can smell like rotten eggs, which normally serves as a clear indicator of a leak happening.
It’s also beneficial to install propane gas detectors in areas where propane is in use. These can be purchased from your local hardware store.
Emergency Utility Shut-Off
Educate everyone in your household on how to turn off the electricity, propane, and water supplies, in case of an emergency. Also make sure you work with your loved ones to create an emergency plan of action that is thorough, but easy enough to remember. This will come in handy for situations such as leaks, bad weather, and more.
Since we’re not quite done with winter yet, having a back-up plan in place (that includes a back-up propane supply) helps greatly. Propane is used for powering generators, cooking equipment, heaters, and a lot more. So make sure you plan ahead and have at least a week’s worth of propane stocked up, in case traveling to one of our locations for refills or extra isn’t an option due to weather conditions.
At Keystone Propane, we take pride in educating our customers on the benefits of propane, and using it safely. By providing exceptional service, including 24-hour emergency services, and top-quality products, we have remained an industry leader. For more information on safety, or our products & services, give us a call today!