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Propane Safety for Your Home or Business

Tips for using propane safely

propane safety for your homes and businesses

Woodruff Energy has been serving southern New Jersey for 150 years. That’s five generations of caring about our neighbors. And that caring extends to making sure we provide safe propane delivery and service to our customers.

What to do if you smell gas

We also want to make sure that you know what to do to protect yourself and your loved ones in the event that you smell gas in your home, business, camper, RV, fleet vehicle or the area around gas equipment. The steps below are critical to protecting lives and property and need to be taken right away as soon as you smell gas:

  • Get everyone out of the house, building, vehicle or area IMMEDIATELY.
  • Extinguish any sources of ignition like open flames or cigarettes.
  • Don’t use any thermostats, appliances, telephones or electric switches until you are safely away from the area.
  • If you can safely access the gas shutoff valve on the propane tank or cylinder, shut it off.
  • Stay away from the area, house or building and don’t return or try to turn on the propane supply valve, even if you don’t smell gas anymore. Give emergency personnel or qualified propane service technicians time to check for escaped propane gas.
  • Have the leak repaired by a trained propane service technician. They or emergency personnel have to determine that the problem has been safely resolved before anyone is allowed back.
  • The propane service technician should also carefully inspect all of the gas appliances and relight all the gas appliance pilots.
  • Don’t try to come back to the area until emergency personnel or the propane service technician give the OK for you to do so.

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has created these learning modules so you can learn about consumer safety and dealing with propane appliances for everything from cooking food to home heating.

Click on the modules below to review the topics and other important information.

Propane Safety + Operation Tips

What is Propane?
What to Do If You Smell Gas
Can You Smell It?
Maintaining Your Propane Appliance
Carbon Monoxide Safety
Lighting Pilot Lights
Running Out of Gas
Using Space Heaters Safely
Safe Grilling
Small Cylinder Transportation and Storage
Power Outages
Flood Preparedness
Spring/Summer Weather Safety
Winter Storm Preparedness
Wildfire Preparedness