At Callahan’s Gas, Propane Safety Is Our Top Priority

Tips on how to keep your home and loved ones safe

propane safetyCallahan’s Gas is a reputable propane company rooted in three generations of family ownership. We take great pride in upholding meticulous safety standards, which is made possible by our team of dedicated propane delivery drivers and skilled service technicians.

We maintain rigorous industry standards and comply with stringent government regulations to uphold the longstanding tradition of safety in the propane industry. Our commitment to safety extends to providing valuable information on the safe usage of propane for your Eastern Shore home in Maryland.

Propane safety best practices

In its natural state, propane is typically odorless. In order to aid in leak detection, propane manufacturers add a pungent odorant, commonly ethyl mercaptan. This added scent resembles that of a rotten egg or a skunk’s spray.

You can enhance your safety by installing a propane gas detector, a prudent measure for households with individuals who may have a diminished sense of smell. This is particularly relevant for those who smoke, are elderly or experience prolonged symptoms of COVID-19.

It is crucial to understand that carbon monoxide detectors cannot detect propane gas, and vice versa. Therefore, it is necessary to install both carbon monoxide detectors and propane gas detectors in your home, adhering to the instructions provided by the manufacturer. By doing so, you ensure the safety and well-being of your household.

Properly functioning propane appliances should emit a blue flame. However, if you observe yellow flames or excessive soot buildup, it may indicate incomplete gas combustion and the potential production of carbon monoxide. In such cases, please reach out to Callahan’s Gas and consult with your appliance service technician.

Using portable generators or outdoor propane appliances, such as grills, indoors or in enclosed spaces like garages or sunporches, is strictly prohibited. Furthermore, it is imperative to refrain from utilizing your propane range for anything other than cooking purposes. Avoid using it as a heating source, as it poses potential risks to your safety.

Ensure propane tank safety by keeping every adult in your household knowledgeable about how to close the gas shutoff valve on the propane tank. If you’re unsure or need assistance, feel free to contact us — we’re more than happy to provide guidance and help you learn.

Regularly inspect the vents of your appliances to ensure unobstructed exit of combustion gases. Common blockages, such as nests built by insects, birds and small animals, can be gently cleared with a broom or soft brush. This preventive action safeguards against potential damage.

What to do if you smell gas

If you detect the distinctive, unpleasant odor of propane gas resembling that of skunk or rotten eggs, it is crucial to follow these instructions diligently. By doing so, you can ensure the safety of both individuals and property.

  • Promptly extinguish any potential ignition sources, such as lit candles or cigarettes.
  • Evacuate the house immediately, ensuring that all pets are also taken to safety.
  • As you’re leaving the house, refrain from using any light switches, thermostats, telephones or any other devices that may generate sparks.
  • If it is safe for you to access the propane tank or cylinder, please make sure to shut off the gas shutoff valve.
  • Call 911 and Callahan’s Gas once you are a safe distance away.
  • Stay away and allow emergency personnel and propane service technicians to inspect for any potential propane gas leaks and conduct necessary repairs.
  • Do not attempt to turn on the propane supply valve, even if you no longer detect the smell of gas.
  • Only a certified propane service professional has the expertise to repair the underlying cause of the leak. Additionally, they will thoroughly inspect all gas appliances for leaks and relight any pilots that may have gone out.
  • Wait for permission from emergency personnel or the service technician before returning.
Are you interested in enhancing your understanding of propane safety? The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has developed a series of informative videos that delve into various aspects of propane safety. These videos cover topics such as the safe handling of propane tanks, proper usage of propane grill tanks and much more. By engaging with these resources, you can elevate your knowledge and ensure a safer experience with propane.

Do you have questions about propane safety? Please get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help!