Propane Safety for Georgia Homes

Propane Safety for Georgia Homes

Written on: January 15, 2024

8 Propane Safety Tips You Should Know

propane safety georgia Without question, propane is one of the safest fuels you can use in and around your Georgia home. But to stay as safe as possible, you should always pay close attention to the operation of your propane gas appliances. The best way to keep all your propane equipment running properly is to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for preventive maintenance. Also, be sure to consult your owner’s manuals for what’s required.

To help guide you through a winter that will be safe and comfortable, here are eight valuable safety tips, courtesy of the Propane Education and Research Council.

  1. Propane smells like rotten eggs or a skunk’s spray. Propane manufacturers add this smell to help alert consumers to propane leaks. If you have someone living in your household with a diminished sense of smell, such as an elderly relative, purchase a propane gas detector as an additional measure of security.
  2. When appliances operate properly, propane burns with a blue flame. If you see yellow or orange flames—or notice significant amounts of soot on any equipment–the gas may not be burning completely. This situation can create carbon monoxide. Arrange for an inspection from a propane professional if you notice a yellow or orange flame or see soot build-up on your gas burners.
  3. If you are renovating your home or need to move your propane gas appliances for any reason, please consult with a professional. Moving gas appliances should not be a do-it-yourself task—you may inadvertently damage the gas connector. Older connectors can easily crack if twisted, which can lead to a gas leak. Be aware that any time you disconnect and then reconnect an appliance, a gas leak test must be performed to ensure that the fittings are secure.
  4. Regularly check the outdoor vents of your appliances to make sure combustion gases flow unobstructed to the outdoors. Insects, birds, and small animals have been known to build nests in vent pipes. Snow and ice can clog your vents also. To prevent any damage, use a broom or a soft brush–not a shovel–to gently remove any obstructions you find in your vents.
  5. Make sure that carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are installed on every level of your home. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations for placement and maintenance. Test your CO detectors every year and replace batteries as needed. You generally should replace the whole CO detector every five or 10 years, depending on the type of unit you have.
  6. If you have a propane backup generator, make sure it has enough fuel to run for at least a week in the event of a power outage. Run your generator periodically to make sure it is operating properly. This will also help critical moving parts remain lubricated. Be sure you follow a proper maintenance schedule for your generator also.
  7. Never store portable propane cylinders indoors or in an enclosed area such as a basement, garage, shed, or tent.
  8. Never use outdoor propane equipment (grills, portable generators, etc.) indoors. Carbon monoxide coming out from these devices is dangerous.

Your Georgia Propane Company Looks After You

Your professional propane company is strongly committed to training. This ensures that their employees know precisely how to deliver your fuel safely—and know what to do in case of a leak or other emergency. Many companies also have a well-trained force of certified propane technicians who have years of experience inspecting and servicing all types of propane appliances.

If you have any questions or concerns about your propane appliances, please contact your Georgia propane company and they will be glad to help.

Please visit our Propane Safety page to watch some videos, including one that shows you what to do if you suspect a gas leak.