Here at Bottini Fuel, nothing is more significant than keeping you and your family safe – and although propane is one of the safest sources of home energy around, it does necessitate some rudimentary care and familiarity about it to keep your family protected. As we descend from our winter slumber and begin to tidy up our homes in the weeks ahead, it’s also a good idea to review your knowledge about propane safety. Join us below for some very helpful tips that every propane owner should know.
Propane, just like any other gas, has the potential to be harmful. But with that being said, here are six spring propane safety tips for your New England home.
- Shut-off valve – You need to know how to turn off the propane supply both at the main tank and at each propane appliance. If you’re not sure how to do that you can contact us, and we will guide you through the steps.
- The smell – It is imperative that you teach everyone in your family that a rotten egg smell could mean that you have a hazardous propane leak – and show them what to do should they smell one.
- Storage – Be sure to never store or place a propane cylinder in a walled-in area such as a cellar, garage, or cabin. Always stock propane cylinders outdoors, and always in a standing position.
- In the Home – Be sure to mount carbon monoxide (CO) detectors at every level in your home, paying specific attention to sleeping areas. Maintain them according to manufacturer’s directions. We also highly endorse installing propane gas detectors, which can be acquired at your local hardware store.
- Electric – Explain to your family how to turn off electricity, propane, and water in your house, and produce an emergency readiness plan that everyone can follow. For some tips on making an emergency plan just give us a call, and we can help you.
- Weather – If inclement weather is predicted, make sure you have enough propane to last for at least a week after the storm ends in case roads are treacherous. If you own a propane backup generator, get it checked at least once a year. If you are unsure if any of your propane equipment has been damaged by severe weather, contact us directly to perform a complete check-up of your propane system. And remember: if you must turn off your propane gas supply for any reason, many New England state laws require you to have it turned back on by a professional. Don’t put your family or neighbors at risk!
Stay safe this spring – contact the pros at Bottini Fuel to schedule maintenance for your propane equipment, or if you have any other propane safety questions. We have been in business for over 60 years and know how to keep your family safe. Simply put, it is not worth the risk to take chances with your propane tank.