Propane Safety Videos
Handling & Transporting Small CylindersCourtesy of the Propane Education & Research Council
Propane helps you live comfortably wherever and however you want. This video shows how to transport and store portable, twenty-pound propane cylinders safely.When transporting your cylinder, always store it in an upright position so it cannot fall, shift, or roll. Don’t leave your cylinder in a hot vehicle for an extended amount of time; take the cylinder out of your vehicle when you arrive. To connect a propane cylinder to the grill, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Use leak detector solution or soapy water to rule out any leaks. Always store small cylinders outside; never in an enclosed area. Keep the cylinders away from heat sources, and never store a cylinder under a grill.
How to Turn Off A Propane TankCourtesy of the Propane Education & Research Council
This video shows how easy it is to turn your propane tank off, when necessary. Never turn on the gas yourself. Your propane system has some great features that help your family stay safe and comfortable, like the ability to turn off the gas quickly. There are many reasons you may want to turn off the gas. If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off your gas only if it is safe to do so. After a storm or a natural disaster, if you suspect something isn’t right with your system — such as a tank has changed position, or a gas line has been bent or damaged — turn off your gas. Never turn on the gas yourself; national safety codes require that a qualified professional inspect your system before turning on the gas again or re-lighting pilots.
If You Suspect A Gas LeakCourtesy of the Propane Education & Research Council
This video can teach everyone in your family what to do if you ever suspect a gas leak. Propane has an added odorant that smells like a skunk’s spray, rotten eggs, or a dead animal. This distinctively unpleasant smell is a safety feature of your propane system. If you smell a leak, have everyone get outside and move away from the house. Put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones—as they could create a spark, or ignition source. If it is safe to do so, turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank. Call your propane retailer, 911, or fire department right away from a safe area. Do not return to your home until a qualified professional says it’s safe.
How To Read A Tank GaugeCourtesy of the Propane Education & Research Council
Your propane system has some great features that help your family stay safe and comfortable, such as your propane tank gauge. This gauge tells you approximately how much propane you have. Check your propane tank gauge regularly to ensure you never run out of fuel. If you run out of propane, a qualified professional must inspect your system before the gas is turned on. Many Americans use propane for heat, water heating, clothes drying, fireplaces, cooking, backup power, and outdoor living. The gauge on your tank can help guarantee you have enough propane for those energy needs and more. Ask your propane retailer about ensuring that you always have enough propane in the tank to keep your family safe year-round.