How You Can Safely Use Propane
Propane is one of the most widely used energy sources in American households. Fairclough Propane is proud to provide reliable delivery of your propane fuel throughout northern New Jersey. It is both versatile and safe, lending itself to many year-round uses:
- Heating systems
- Cooking Ranges
- Washer and Dryers
- Pool Heaters
- Water Heaters
- Outdoor or Deck Lighting
There are also several benefits to using propane compared to other energy sources. Propane furnaces provide more heat than electric heat pumps. Propane can be stored safely in a tank on your property while electricity is subject to power outages. Safety is a common concern when using propane. However, thanks to stringent codes and regulations developed by the industry and the National Fire Protection Association, propane can be utilized safely and effectively. Below you will find some important information regarding propane safety and what to do if you think you smell gas.
- Make sure you know what propane smells like – an odorant is added to propane to make it smell sulfuric, like rotten eggs. If you notice the smell, leave your home immediately and call us at (973) 383-1768 to report a possible leak.
- Keep all outdoor propane appliances, including heaters, grills, and generators, outside. Do not use them in enclosed areas like a garage or basement.
- Store propane cylinders outdoors.
- Have Fairclough Propane make all repairs and modifications to your equipment, valves, and other parts to ensure they run safely.
- Call us if you see soot - propane burns cleanly, and any soot deposits indicate that your equipment is malfunctioning.
- Yellow flame warning! A yellow or flickering flame are more signs that your equipment needs repair. Your propane equipment should burn with a steady blue flame.
What to do if you smell gas?
- Immediately put out all smoking materials or other open flames, and do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones in the house.
- Leave the area immediately. Get everyone out of the building or area of a suspected gas leak.
- Shut off the gas. If you can safely get to the main gas supply line on your propane tank, close the valve by turning it to the right (clockwise).
- Report the leak. Call Fairclough Propane and let us know about the issue. If you can’t reach us, call 911 or your local fire department.
- Do not return to the building. Until our technicians or an emergency responder says it’s safe, remain outside of the building or area.
- Get your system checked before you use any propane equipment.
Remember, propane is a safe and reliable fuel used by millions of American households, but it is important to be aware of the above safety information so you can protect yourself and your family. Become a propane delivery customer today by contacting us. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the use of propane or its safety, give us a call at (973) 383-1768. For additional information and resources regarding propane safety, visit the Propane Research and Education Council (PERC) website.