Posted: July 24, 2019

Safety tips

As you already know, propane is a safe and great way to heat your water, heat your pool, and cook your food all summer long. But like any energy source, you have to be prepared in case the unexpected happens.

Here are 10 summer propane safety tips for your home in Williamstown, Carlisle, or Wapwallopen, PA.

  1. Make sure every adult living in your PA home knows how to shut off your propane supply from the tank. If you’re not sure how to do that, contact us.
  2. Review propane safety procedures with your family; remind everyone that a propane leak smells like rotten eggs, and make sure they know what to do if they smell that odor.
  3. Test all carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in your home, following the manufacturer’s instructions for maintenance. Strongly consider installing propane detectors, if you don’t have them already.
  4. NEVER use or store outdoor propane equipment (grills, portable generators, etc.) indoors.
  5. If you use refillable propane cylinders, always store and transport them in an upright position.
  6. Keep your outdoor propane grill, space heater or fire pit/fire table at least three feet from all building openings and ten feet from any air intake device; this minimizes the danger of propane vapor entering your home.
  7. Keep all propane-burning equipment away from any combustible materials such as fences, wood, and vinyl siding, as well as from any materials that emit combustible fumes (including paint and other finishing products).
  8. Remember: barbecue grills are responsible for more than 10,000 house fires and thousands of injuries every year. Be sure to practice safe propane grilling! Check out this video for more NFPA propane grilling safety tips.
  9. If a storm is forecast:
    • Make sure you have enough propane to last a week in case road closures block our propane deliveries;
    • Listen for instructions from local authorities;
    • If a storm causes damages to any of your propane appliances, contact us right away for service and repairs. Remember: if you shut down your gas supply, you must, by law, contact a licensed professional to restart you system.
  10. Maintain your propane equipment! Professional propane service will spot problems that could cause safety risks for your family – be sure to have your propane equipment inspected and serviced every year.

Koppy’s is here to keep your family safe and comfortable all year round – Contact us today if you have any questions about propane safety in your home!