Propane Safety

20140807_101602At Applebee Oil & Propane, your safety is our absolute first concern. Therefore, we offer our customers tips on how to use Propane effectively and safely. Below are some resources you can use to keep your family safe. Michigan has both cold winters and hot summers, making care of your propane systems very important.

If you ever smell gas or have any issues, contact Applebee Oil & Propane.

 

When it comes to gas appliances, safety is a top priority. If you smell gas in your home, follow these steps:

  1. NO FLAMES OR SPARKS. Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones.
  2. Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger an explosion or a fire.
  3. LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY. Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.
  4. SHUT OFF THE GAS. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).
  5. REPORT THE LEAK. From a neighbor’s home or other nearby building away from the gas leak, call your propane retailer right away. If you can’t reach your propane retailer, call 911 or your local fire department.
  6. DO NOT RETURN TO THE BUILDING OR AREA until your propane retailer, emergency responder, or qualified service technician determines that it is safe to do so.
  7. GET YOUR SYSTEM CHECKED. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, your propane retailer or a qualified service technician must check your entire system to ensure that it is leak-free.

 

 


 

Tips for Summer Safety on the Grill

  1. Follow Instructions

     FOLLOW THE MANUFACTURER’S INSTRUCTIONS.

    Whether it’s assembly, use, maintenance, cleaning, or storage, make your grill manufacturer’s instructions your go-to resource for safe grilling.

  2. Position the Grill

    POSITION THE GRILL IN A SAFE LOCATION.

    Keep your grill outdoors and at least five feet from the house on a level surface that is clear of outdoor furniture, overhead trees, or other potential fire hazards.

  3. Check for leaks

    CHECK FOR LEAKS.

    Use a soapy water solution to check connections for leaks. Expanding bubbles indicate a leak. Follow this procedure every time you replace a cylinder.

  4. relighting

    FOLLOW PROPER LIGHTING PROCEDURES.

    Follow the manufacturer’s lighting instructions, and with all grill models, keep the lid open and don’t lean over the grill when lighting it.

  5. Proper Lighting Technique

    FOLLOW PROPER RELIGHTING PROCEDURES.

    If your flame goes out, turn off the gas and refer to your owner’s manual. At a minimum, with all grill models, keep the lid open and wait at least 15 minutes before relighting.

  6. Be Present

    BE PRESENT.

    Stay close and never leave your grill unattended.

 


 

 

Tips for keeping your family safe: Winter Guide

 

  1. Maintain an adequate supply of propane in your tank. A severe winter storm can hinder additional propane deliveries.
  2. Stay in regular contact with your propane provider. Doing so gives you both enough time to arrange a refill long before you run out of propane.
  3. Get in touch with your propane provider immediately if you run out of propane. A propane provider or qualified service technician must check your system for leaks before turning the gas back on
  4. Use energy wisely. Winter storms and the resulting inaccessible roads may make propane deliveries impossible for several days. Use energy conservatively by setting your programmable thermostat to as low as is comfortable — possibly a few degrees cooler at night and when nobody is home. Close off any rooms that don’t need to be heated.
  5. Keep the path to your propane tank clear. A clear path helps the delivery drivers get to your tank easily, fill it quickly, and move on to the next customer.
  6. Allow your appliances to vent properly. If it is safe to do so, clear snow and ice away from outdoor vents, chimneys, and flues to prevent blocking any ventilation.
  7. Clear snow and ice from around your propane tank. This includes regulators, regulator vents, piping, tubing, and valves. Use a broom instead of a shovel to prevent damage to your propane system components.
  8. If you smell gas, take the right steps. Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cellphones. Get everyone away from the home or area where you suspect gas is leaking. If safe to do so, close or shut off the main gas supply valve by turning it to the right (clockwise). Call your propane provider immediately from a safe place to report the leak. If you cannot reach your propane provider, call 911. Do not return to the area until a propane provider, emergency responder, or qualified service technician gives the OK.
  9. Never use a stove or bring your gas grill indoors for space heating, even during a power outage. Only use appliances indoors that are designed and approved for that purpose. Never store, place, or use a propane cylinder indoors or in enclosed areas. Never use outdoor propane-powered appliances indoors or in enclosed areas. Without proper ventilation, deadly carbon monoxide (CO) fumes produced can build up.
  10. Operate portable generators with caution. Never use a portable generator (gasoline, diesel, or propane) indoors or in enclosed areas. Doing so can result in carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning or death.

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