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SAFETY: PROPANE ADVISORY, EMERGENCY PROCEDURES AND FIRST AID
If you smell gas in your house, workplace, or around any gas equipment or appliance, follow the emergency procedure below:
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.
IMMEDIATELY get everyone out of the building, vehicle, trailer, or area.
Close all gas tank or cylinder supply valves.
Use your neighbors phone to call Sioux Valley Co-op 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.
Let the service person and firefighters check for escaped gas. Have them air out the area before you return.
Re-enter the area only when the service person and firefighters say it is safe.
DETECTING A PROPANE LEAKLEAKS AND THE SMELL OF GAS
Always be sensitive to the slightest gas smell. Learn to recognize the odor of propane gas. To become familiar with the smell of propane, call us for a Scratch-And-Sniff brochure, and ask to smell the propane when we fill your tank.
Below are some warning signs of a gas leak. If you smell propane, no matter how strong or weak the smell, treat it as a serious gas leak. NOTE: If there is a gas leak, follow the Emergency Procedure located at the beginning of this report, which should be placed on or near your propane appliance.
Examples of warning signs which may indicate a gas leak has occurred are:
When the smell of gas lasts more than an instant after igniting stove-top burners.
When the presence of a foul odor persists.
When you cannot find the reason for the foul odor.
What you think may be garbage, sewage, or a dead animal may be a serious gas leak.
When you hear a hissing noise near a gas appliance, piping, or storage tanks and cylinders.
Propane Gas Detectors
The National Fire Protection Association and federal and state agencies responsible for regulating propane safety acknowledge that odorants added to propane do not provide 100% effective leak detection; on rare occasions a leak may not be detected by smell. Gas detectors, listed by the Underwriter Laboratories (UL) and others, can be used as an extra measure of safety for detecting leaks. Detectors that sound a loud alarm are now on the market at a reasonable price. In the event that a leak occurs while you are asleep, the alarm may assist you in becoming aware of the leak.
Gas detectors are only an aid. YOU must always be responsible for ensuring your safety. If you smell any gas at all, you should follow the Emergency Procedurefound at the end of this report, which should be placed on or near your propane appliance, even if your gas detector is not sounding an alarm.
Installing Propane Gas Detectors
Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing gas detectors. Sioux Valley Co-op will provide the name of a manufacturer upon request.
Checking Your Propane System
Your propane system and appliances are made up of mechanical parts, and like all mechanical parts, should be periodically checked by a qualified service person or your propane dealer. You will find a Propane System Checklist at the end of this report that can be used to check the propane system. If you suspect or find problems with your propane system, call your propane dealer.
DO NOT TRY TO REPAIR YOUR GAS APPLIANCES OR TAMPER WITH THE CONTROL VALVES ON YOUR GAS APPLIANCES. MANY ACCIDENTS ARE CAUSED BY UNQUALIFIED OR OVERLY CONFIDENT PEOPLE TAMPERING WITH PROPANE CYLINDERS AND TANKS, VALVES, REGULATORS, LINES, AND APPLIANCES.
National fire statistics show that a high number of propane flash fires are associated with attempts either to repair gas appliances or to relight gas appliance pilots. DON’T RISK IT. CALL SIOUX VALLEY COOP TO SERVICE YOUR SYSTEM.