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Propane Safety

SAFETY

Propane is used all across America every day.  It is clean and safe, and like with all fuels, is even safer when handled with proper caution.

Here are a few tips to help you make the most of propane.

  • Check your propane tank gauge regularly. This helps you know if you need a delivery, and can also let you know if your tank is suspiciously low, indicating a possible leak. If you’re not sure how to read your propane tank gauge, watch the How to Check a Propane Tank Gauge video below. Remember, if your tank runs empty, it MUST be inspected before it can be filled.
  • Practice caution throughout the year. We regularly provide seasonal safety tips to help you stay safe all year—everything from what to do in inclement weather to mowing in summer. Check back seasonally for tips.
  • Schedule regular propane tank maintenance. If your tank hasn’t been inspected for a while, give us a call. We have certified professionals who can check your system.

What do I do if I smell propane?

  1. If there are 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.
    Shut off the gas.Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank if it is safe to do so. The shut off valve is located under the tank lid and typically looks like a garden hose knob. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise) as far as it will turn.
  1. Report the leak.Get to a safe location away from the gas leak and call Carolina Propane immediately at 803.536.5070. If you don’t have our number handy, call 911 or your local fire department.
  2. Do not return to the building or area until a Carolina Propane service technician determines that it is safe to do so.
  3. Get your system checked. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, ensure that one of our qualified service technicians checks your entire system to ensure that it is leak-free.

The Commercial Safety Data Sheet is available on our Commercial page.

How to Check a Propane Tank Gauge

Propane Summer Safety Tips

Summer is a time you try to think a little less about your propane tank. But you still need to practice caution during the warm summer months. Please follow these important summer propane safety tips:

  • Do not place a burn barrel or fire pit near your propane tank!
  • When mowing, keep at least 3 feet away from the propane tank. Use a weed trimmer around the tank. Do not chain an animal to the tank.
  • Keep trees and branches trimmed around the tank and driveways.

Don’t forget the summer is a great time to buy propane at discounted rates to keep warm all winter.

Grill the smart way…safely

Propane grills make outdoor cooking as easy as enjoyable. Keep the mood light and the good times rolling with these few propane grilling safety tips:

  • FOLLOW THE MANUFACTURER’S INSTRUCTIONS. Make the manual your go-to resource!
  • POSITION THE GRILL IN A SAFE LOCATION. Keep it level and clear of flammables (including overhangs and outdoor furniture).
  • CHECK FOR LEAKS. Check at the beginning of the season and every time you hook up a new tank.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • BE PRESENT. Never leave your grill unattended.

More Safety Tips at Propanecomfort.com

Thunderstorms and Propane Safety

Thunderstorms can cause a spectacular light show, but they also can pose a safety hazard. Did you know that thunderstorms cause more than 80 fatalities and 300 injuries each year in the U.S. alone? Learn more about thunderstorm and propane safety at this link (where you can download the PDF for your files).