Safely Use Propane

Tips to stay safe when using propane

  • Use scratch-n-sniff samples from Clean Gas to become familiar with the chemical odorant of propane, which smells a lot like rotten eggs.
  • Do not tamper with gas supply lines-use a certified technician.
  • Never attempt a “do-it-yourself” repair on any gas appliance, call the Clean Gas professionals.
  • Know where any underground or above ground gas service lines are located, especially when doing yard work, be safe, call before you dig.
  • Do not tamper with any safety devices, regulators or storage tank fittings.
  • Know where your main gas shutoff valve is located.
  • Install propane gas detectors.

5 Tips for Grilling Safety

  • Always keep the top open when lighting a grill until you are sure that it is lit.
  • Never pour an accelerant such as lighter fluid or gasoline on the grill.
  • Never use matches or lighters to check for leaks.
  • When finished grilling, turn off the burner controls and close the cylinder valve.
  • Make sure the grill is clean. When finished grilling and the grill is turned off but hot, clean off the grates. Once the grill cools, clean out the collection tray.

The proper sequence for starting your gas grill

  • Open the grill lid; never light a gas grill with the lid closed.
  • Turn the ignition burner to high.
  • Light the ignition.
  • Turn on the second, third or fourth burner if needed.
  • Adjust burners to desired temperature.

Hurricane Preparedness

Propane is a naturally safe energy source and provides many benefits that ensure worry-free comfort. It has an enviable safety record and history due to the strict regulations and stringent codes developed by the propane industry in association with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Every aspect of installation, storage and tank filling has been evaluated to ensure the highest standards of safety and worry-free operation. Clean Gas technicians are leaders in the industry on safety, and are highly trained to install and test propane gas appliances.

How can I prepare for a flood or hurricane?

  • If possible, secure the propane tank.
  • Turn the main gas shutoff valve to the off position (righty, tighty).
  • Fasten the protective dome on the tank.
  • Turn off appliance pilot lights, control valves and manual shutoff valves.
  • Be sure the tank’s fuel supply level is above 30 percent.
  • After the flood or hurricane has passed, look for any signs of structural damage.

Call your Clean Gas service technician if after the storm if

  • You smell propane gas.
  • The propane tank has shifted or moved.
  • The tank regulator was exposed to water.
  • The gas lines have pulled away from the tank or appliance or if the lines are damaged, bent or broken.
  • Propane appliances or controls were exposed to water.

How to Read a Gauge

Reading your propane tank fuel gauge is not complicated, but can be confusing. First, you must locate the gauge by looking under the dome of your propane tank. There you will find black numbers surrounding the circumference of the gauge and a pointer needle indicating a percentage.

Based on the physical properties of propane, tanks are considered full when the gauge reads 80%. This allows for any expansion of propane vapor. If your gauge ever falls below 20% you should contact Clean Gas immediately at 1-345-233-4GAS for a refill. It is safest to refill your tank before the gauge falls below 20%.