Do you smell gas? If you suspect a gas leak, do not do anything that could cause a spark or flame.
- IMMEDIATELY extinguish all smoking materials and any other open flames.
- Do NOT turn lights on or off.
- Do NOT use any type of phone.
- Do NOT use any type of equipment or appliance.
- Vacate the building, vehicle or area.
- If possible, close the gas shutoff valve on the propane tank or cylinder.
- Call your your local fire department and North Idaho Propane from a cell phone from a safe distance or a neighbor's phone.
General Propane Safety
Safety is one of our top priorities. Customer education on the use of propane is very important to us. Some safety measures to remember are as follows:
- Propane is heavier than air; therefore, it will gather in the low spots of your home, or outside, if there is a leak present.
- If you smell gas (there is an additive put in Propane so you can smell it--a rotten egg smell), or you think you may have a leak, get everyone out of the house immediately.
- Do not turn on or off any electrical switches, appliances, lights, make a phone call, etc. These can all be sources of ignition. Leave the door open and go shut off the propane tank.
- Call for service from a neighbor’s house or from a safe distance with a cell phone.
- If the leak is outside, the gas could be lingering in a low spot, DO NOT START YOUR VEHICLE since this could be a source of ignition.
- Liquid propane burns, causes frostbite, and causes blisters.
Propane Cylinder Safety
- Cylinder Recertification is required 12 years after the date of manufacturing, then every 5 years after that.
- Watch out for dents, dings, or gouges; damage to valves, missing handles, leaks, loose collars or footing rings; corrosion, especially on the bottom of tank. All of these items compromise the safety of your propane cylinder.
- OPD valves (Overfill Prevention Device) are required on 4lb to 40lb tanks (except 20# lay down cylinders made before 1998).
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