If you smell propane in your home, IMMEDIATELY evacuate everyone and your pets and then shut the tank off. The shut off valve is located under the hood of the tank. Then, immediately contact Western Propane Service by calling from a neighbor's home.
All systems installed by Western Propane Service are pressure checked at the time of installation to assure that there are no leaks and that the pressure in the lines is at the optimal operating level for each appliance's operating level. If any lines are disconnected for any reason, a pressure check must be reapplied. Remember, if you are in doubt about anything regarding your propane gas system; please call us so we can insure the safety of you and your family
The propane in your gas system is stored under pressure. While it's stored, there's no problem. However, in the unlikely event your system develops a leak (which can be caused by physical damage or deterioration), it can become dangerous.
Propane burns at an even rate when properly mixed with air, as in your stove or furnace. But, if a leak occurs, a flame or spark could ignite it. If that happens, it could cause a fire. Although such accidents are very rare, we want you to be aware of this possibility.
Know Your Propane System
Your propane system has four basic parts:
The tank or cylinder is where the propane is stored. It is equipped with a shutoff valve, which turns the gas "on" or "off". The regulator controls the gas pressure, while the gas piping carries the gas to your appliance(s).
It is important for all family members to know the location of the main shutoff valve on your tank or cylinder. Remember its location and become familiar with how to shut it off in an emergency situation.
How to Tell if There is a Leak
What to do if You Smell Gas or the Alarm Sounds
Never just assume that the odor of gas is a sign that your tank is running low. If you smell gas in the house or if the gas alarm signals the presence of gas, IMMEDIATELY follow these suggestions:
Inspecting Your Appliances Routinely (at least annually) call Western Propane Service to examine your gas appliance(s) for any conditions that may render the appliance(s) inefficient or unsafe for use, similar to how you have your automobile checked periodically. All appliances, including gas, should be regula rly inspected and maintained, just as electrical appliances, to eliminate possible hazards from short circuits and other malfunctions that could create hazards.
Some appliances are required to have vents in order to exhaust harmful combustion gases outside. Poisonous carbon monoxide can be produced from improperly installed or operating appliances. Frequent headaches and nausea may be indicators that this colorless, odorless gas is causing carbon monoxide poisoning. To minimize the chance of this happening follow these practices:
Vented appliances must be installed by a qualified appliance installer.
General Safety Precautions
Here are some general safety procedures to follow when using your propane appliance(s):
Be alert for the odor of propane when around a gas appliance or container.
If You Run Out of Gas
Letting your propane container run empty creates additional hazards. If you run out of gas and lose pressure in the system, a potentially hazardous condition can result. If you do run out of gas, follow these steps:
If You Move or Change Gas Appliances
Always call us when you need a gas appliance connected or disconnected. It is for your safety that the gas system remain in a safe condition at all times. Should the gas system develop a leak, a fire, or serious injury could result. Properly operated and maintained, your propane system and appliance(s) can provide you many years of clean-burning, safe, efficient service.