Please review the following safety tips from the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC-US).
- What to Do if You Smell Gas
- Establish Rules for Your Children
- General Safety Rules
- What You Should Do if You Suspect Any of Your Propane Appliances Have Been Damaged or Shut Off
What to Do if You Smell Gas
If you smell gas inside or outside of your home:
- 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.
- Leave the area immediately – Have everyone evacuated from 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. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).
- Report the leak –Call your local fire department or dial 911, then call Irving Energy at 1.888.310.1924 from a building or area away from the gas leak.
- Do not return to the building or area – Only return to the building or area when your local fire department and your Irving Energy technician determine that it is safe to do so.
- Get your system checked – Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, Irving Energy must check your entire system to ensure that it is leak-free.
Establish Rules for Your Children
Parents should make sure children know the rules too! Here are some simple rules for kids:
- Do not turn on propane appliances, including propane barbecues, without parental supervision.
- Do not open service valves on unconnected cylinders.
- Keep papers and toys away from furnaces, space heaters and gas fireplaces.
- Do no climb propane storage tanks and keep away from shut-off valves.
General Safety Rules
Storms can cause power outages, flooding, or other events requiring you to take additional safety measures. To help reduce the potential for injury or death, there are general safety rules you should observe at all times:
- Never use outdoor propane appliances indoors or in enclosed areas. This can result in Carbon Monoxide poisoning or death. These include outdoor portable heaters, barbecue grills, and portable generators. Only use appliances indoors that are designed and approved for indoor use.
- Purchase and install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home (and know what to do before the detector sounds!)
- Never store or place a propane cylinder indoors or in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, shed, or tent.
- Never use a gas oven or range-top burners to provide space heating.
- Never try to modify or repair valves, regulators, or other appliance parts – call the experts.
- Never turn on a light switch, use any power source, or inspect your household appliances while standing in water. This can result in electrocution.
- Inspect chimneys, flue pipes, and vent connectors for damage, blockage, or debris.
- Inspect your propane appliances for water or other damage, if it is safe to do so. If the appliances have electric components and have been exposed to water, they can create a fire hazard.
What You Should Do if Any of Your Propane Appliances Have Been Damaged or Shut Off
If you suspect any of your propane appliances or equipment have been under water, have been damaged, or you have turned off your gas supply:
- Schedule a time for an Irving Energy service technician to perform a complete inspection of your propane system. The technician can also perform a leak test on the system and re-light your pilot lights.
- Do not use or operate appliances or equipment or turn on the gas supply, until your system has been inspected by a qualified service technician.