EMERGENCY PROCEDURE FOR A PROPANE LEAK
If you smell gas in your house, workplace, or around any gas equipment or appliance, follow the emergency procedure below.
|1||Put out all smoking materials and other open flames.
Do NOT operate electric switches.
Do NOT light matches.
Do NOT use your phone.
Any spark in the area where propane gas is present may ignite the gas. This could include the spark of a light switch, telephone, fan, or refrigerator motor, and even static electricity from walking across a room.
|2||IMMEDIATELY get everyone out of the building, vehicle, trailer, or area.|
|3||Close all gas tank or cylinder supply valves.|
|4||Use your neighbor's phone to call a trained propane service person and the fire department. Do NOT re-enter the building, vehicle, trailer, or area until a trained service person advises it is safe to return.|
|5||Let the service person and firefighters check for escaped gas. Have them air out the area before you return.|
|6||Have the trained propane service person:
|7||Re-enter the area only when the service person and firefighters say it is safe.|
CAUTION: It is strongly recommended that a trained professional relight your pilot lights or perform any service. If you decide to light the pilots yourself, carefully follow all the manufacturer's instructions and warnings in your appliance manuals.
Avoid Unnecessary Risks
It is especially important to have a propane dealer relight the pilots after a gas-out situation. Lighting pilots is an extremely dangerous task for someone who is not trained to work with propane systems. National fire statistics show that many propane flash fires are associated with attempts to either relight or repair gas appliances.
Do not decide to light pilots without considering the dangerous risks that you would be assuming without having received the appropriate training.
In the event you choose not to have a qualified person relight pilots, review the following "DO's AND DO NOT's" before proceeding.
Do's And Do Not's
These Are The DO's...
- Do thoroughly ventilate basements or closed-up houses before lighting pilots or working on propane appliances. Simply opening doors and windows for a few minutes may not be sufficient. There must be a positive cross ventilation air flow.
- Do remain especially alert for the odor of propane when you are working near or with a propane appliance. Remember to sniff at floor level prior to and while lighting pilots, performing service, or making any adjustments.
- Do follow the manufacturer's instructions for lighting pilots.
These Are The DO NOT's...
- Do NOT smoke or have any source of ignition (such as flames or spark-producing materials) in the area.
- Do NOT have extra or unnecessary people (particularly children) in an area when lighting a pilot or checking, repairing or adjusting any sort of propane appliance, equipment, piping, cylinder, or tank.