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Six Propane Safety Tips

November 14, 2023

Propane is a versatile fuel source used for everyday household functions like refrigeration, cooking, clothes drying and more.

Propane is safe to use, but like any fuel source, could be dangerous if used improperly or with faulty equipment. At Stafford Oil and Propane, we care about your well-being, and that’s why we’re sharing these six safety tips from the Propane Education & Resource Council.

These Six Tips Can Keep You Safe:


1.     Get a propane leak detector – A propane leak can be very dangerous and could cause an explosion. A propane leak detector alerts your household (and possibly the fire department) when the gas is identified.


2.     Know what propane smells like – Propane is naturally odorless and colorless. As a safety measure, an odorant called mercaptan is added to propane so you can detect a leak. If you notice a rotten egg smell, this is a strong indication of a leak and you need to follow the next steps immediately.


3.     Turn off the gas and other propane appliances – If you can safely get to it, use the shut-off valve on your tank to turn off the gas.


4.     Don’t use any flames or electricity – If you suspect a gas leak, do not light any flames or matches, and remember that even turning on a light or opening your phone can cause a spark.


5.     Leave the premises and call 911 – It’s important to get away from the leak and potential build-up of gas before you call 911 to report the incident. Then call Stafford Oil & Propane at (603) 524-1480 so we can send a technician over.


6.     Do not relight pilot lights - Until a professional has inspected your equipment. We will have a qualified service technician check your system, prime it for restart, and get your heat back on as soon as it is safe.

If you have any questions about propane safety, give us a call at (603) 524-1480 or visit our Propane Safety page.

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