Propane is a Safe Energy Source
Out of all alternative fuels available on the market, propane has the lowest flammability range. Propane is nontoxic, nonpoisonous, and doesn't contaminate aquifers (underground water) or soil. What's more, unlike gasoline and alcohol fuels, propane can't be ingested because it is stored in a closed container under pressure. If it somehow manages to be released from the container, it vaporizes instantly.
Even though propane is a safe fuel, there are some common sense safety precautions that should be followed when you use propane.
If You Smell Gas:
To ensure that everyone in your home is aware of a potential gas leak, we periodically send "gas smellers" to our clients. Gas smellers come with a "scratch and sniff" spot so that you and those living in your home can become familiar with the "rotten egg" smell added to propane gas. If you smell this "rotten egg" smell in your home, you may have a propane leak.
If you do smell propane in your home, you should follow these procedures:
• Leave immediately without doing anything that could cause a spark - such as turning off light switches
• Extinguish all open flames
• Do not use matches or lighters, and do not attempt to light your appliances
• Do not touch electric switches, thermostats, or appliance controls
• Do not use your telephone or wireless phone
• Leave all doors and windows open as you exit - but do not open windows if they're not already open
• Leave the premises and go to a safe place to call us and stay away from the area until we arrive
• Call your 24-hour SMO emergency number from a cell phone outside your home or call from the home of a neighbor
• If you are comfortable doing so, you may turn off your gas outside at the tank or meter