Propane Safety: The 3 Most Important Things To Remember

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At James Oxygen, your safety is always our priority.

That’s why we follow the highest safety standards for all of your propane deliveries, and why we invest in ongoing training to keep our technicians up to date in the latest technologies and safety protocols available.

As we get closer to heating season, it’s a good idea to take a little refresher course in basic propane safety. If you have any questions about this information or any other propane safety issues, contact us.

Propane safety basics

1. Make sure everyone in your home knows the smell of a propane leak.

Remember, propane smells like rotten eggs or a skunk’s spray (actually propane is odorless, but propane manufacturers add ethyl mercaptan – an odorant – to help you detect propane leaks).
Make sure everyone – including your children – knows what that odor means – and what to do if they smell it (see below).

2. Know what to do if you smell a propane leak

If you detect a propane leak,

3. Beware of – and be prepared for – propane odor loss

Sometimes, conditions can make it harder to pick up propane’s telltale odor. Odor loss can result from:

Even something as simple as having a cold can prevent you from smelling a propane leak.

With all this in mind, it is critical to install propane leak detectors as directed by local and regional building codes. Propane gas detectors are inexpensive and easy to install – simply follow manufacturer’s instructions for placement and maintenance.

Your safety is always our priority! If you have any other questions about propane safety or propane delivery in western North Carolina, contact James Oxygen today.