Propane is an extremely efficient and safe heating fuel option, but it still needs to be respected and treated properly. Like the cars many of us drive every day, without the proper safety considerations, there’s potential for risk and sometimes danger. But with proper care and attention, the risk is minimal, and our everyday lives are enhanced.
First and foremost, an uncontrolled propane leak could create a risk. However, the presence of propane is made to have an early warning system: an odorant is added to give propane an unmistakable odor similar to rotten eggs. Propane is naturally odorless, so this strong scent is added so that if there’s a leak, your nose should notify you!
If you smell gas, it’s crucial:
• not to turn any lights on or off,
• not to use any appliances or ignition sources,
• evacuate the home immediately, and
• call Paraco. Our experts will come out and do a thorough inspection and make any safety repairs necessary.
Another potential risk is from a by-product of incomplete combustion (from any fuel source including propane), carbon monoxide. Carbon Monoxide is ALSO naturally odorless so its presence cannot be identified without a detector. Although Propane appliances are designed to maximize combustion by combining the proper levels of air and fuel, there is always some amount of Carbon Monoxide produced in homes that safely use propane or gas for fuel.
But carbon monoxide can become dangerous when the area a fuel is being used isn’t well-ventilated, the appliance is improperly vented, or the improper fuel is being used.
What are some of the symptoms that a high level of carbon monoxide may be present in the area?
Headache, nausea, trouble breathing, fatigue, dizziness and/or irritation of the eyes/throat can all be signs that there could be carbon monoxide present in potentially dangerous levels.
If you or your family members experience these symptoms, it’s essential to get medical attention immediately.
So how do you avoid gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning?
Make sure to have regular inspections and service for your appliances and piping system. Regular maintenance will ensure that they’re operating correctly.
Don’t let your propane tank levels get too low. If you run out of gas and the valve or gas line stays open until the next refill, it could put you at risk for future leaks.
Luckily, Paraco has you covered with our Automatic Delivery service that ensures you don’t run out of gas.
And our committed experts are always ready to perform safety surveys and make sure your home’s propane system is running to the safest and most comfortable standards.
Let us know how we can help you today!