Propane is one of the safest, if not the safest, fuel source to deal with. Today we are going to provide some information on what to look for and what to do when that worst case scenario comes to fruition. In the event that you would have trouble with your propane tanks we want you to be able to know what to look for and what to do.
Your biggest concern is probably what to do if you think you have a leak. There’s an easy way to tell. Propane in a gaseous form has the strong odor of rotten eggs. If you smell that, immediately extinguish all flames and avoid using electrical switches or appliances until the situation is resolved. Propane is heavier than air so it will go as low as it can in a home. Make sure you extinguish your furnace’s pilot light in the basement but avoid going into your basement if you suspect a leak. Last, and perhaps you should do this first if you suspect a leak, is to contact a qualified technician and your local fire department and don’t return to the area until they say it is safe to do so.
While ventilation will not do much to dissipate a leak it can save your life. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result from leaks. Some of the symptoms are headaches, dizziness, loss of muscular control, vomiting, and the watering of the eyes. If you experience any of those symptoms get outside and if you haven’t already contact a qualified technician.
If you ever wonder if you have a leak propane leak monitors are available at your local hardware store as well as carbon monoxide detectors. Another way to tell if there is a blockage is on your range stove. The flames should normally be blue but when there is a blockage they will turn yellow. Also, if you have a propane furnace, make sure it is cleaned regularly.
If you have a question or concern, when in doubt contact a qualified technician to come out to your home or business and look it over. While some of what is highlighted is rare and the worst case scenario it is worth having in the back of your head. When it doubt, err on the side of caution.