Let's Talk Propane Safety
At Alger Oil & Propane, we understand the power, benefits, and versatility of propane; it’s in our name! But we also understand the importance of propane safety. Propane is incredibly safe, and although leaks are rare, they can be dangerous if not properly handled. Here’s what to do to protect yourself, your family, and your home in the event of a propane emergency.
For starters, it’s important to familiarize everyone in the house with the distinctive smell of propane. Propane is normally odorless but a scent is added for safety. Many compare the smell of propane to that of rotten eggs or a skunk’s spray. If you believe you smell something resembling either of these things, don’t hesitate to take action!
Follow these 5 steps:
- Turn off all smoking materials, open flames, or other sources of ignition, including electronics. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones inside the house.
- Evacuate everyone from the area immediately.
- If it is safe to do so, close the gas shutoff valve on your propane tank by turning it in the clockwise direction (to the right).
- After you have left the area, call your local fire department or Alger Energy & Propane from a mobile phone. Do not return until a qualified technician/first responder has arrived and cleared the area for re-entry.
- Make sure you follow up with Alger Energy & Propane with a complete inspection of your equipment when everything is up and running again.
In case of any emergency, don’t hesitate to call us.
Pennsylvania residents: (610) 932-4104
Maryland residents: (410) 778-0600