Fall is coming to a close and the cold days of winter are ahead of us. For many people, this means filling up our home’s residential propane tank to help keep your home warm and cozy all winter. While propane gas is a super convenient and affordable way to heat our homes and run our dishwashers and laundry rooms, it also requires some safety measures.
If you’re new to the world of propane, we can help you out. Read on to learn some super important safety tips when it comes to dealing with residential propane tanks.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors ASAP
The first thing you should do when you add a residential propane tank to your home, or if you move into a home that has one, is to install carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that displaces the oxygen in your home and can make you gravely ill.
The only way to know if you have carbon monoxide in your home is if you have a carbon monoxide detector installed. Many newer homes most likely have detectors installed, but if your home is older, then it’s likely that you’ll have to have a few installed. Be sure to test and change the battery on your detectors regularly.
Keep Your Residential Propane Tank Clean
You’ll want to keep the area around your propane tank free of debris and clutter. Be especially careful about anything that could potentially ignite, like paper products, fabric, and dry leaves. By doing this, you are minimizing the risk of fire in your home.
If your tank is outside, create a schedule for clearing away any grass clippings, leaves, trees, or bushes. Regular maintenance will reduce the risk of fire and make it easier to tackle.
Learn What Propane Smells Like
When it comes to gas leaks, your nose is your best tool. Learn how to identify the scent of propane gas. It has frequently been described as smelling like rotten eggs or like a skunk.
If you can smell propane in your home, then you need to make sure to put out any flames, store away electronic devices, and get out of your home.
Hire a Professional
If you want to stay as safe as possible, you should have a professional install the propane tank and perform regular maintenance on it. Most service providers are able to set up a maintenance schedule to make sure your tank is in good working shape. If there are any repairs to be made, leave those to the pros, too.
Not sure how to find a professional in your area? This blog post will help you find the best pro for your home’s needs.
Safety Always Comes First
Residential propane tanks are a godsend during the winter, but you also have to make sure to follow the tips in this post to keep you and your family safe. By taking a few small steps, you’ll be on the road to keeping your home safe and warm all winter long!
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