Using a gas grill is a convenient and popular way to cook up a delicious supper in a hurry, and we love that our crew here at Modern Gas Company has been able to set homeowners up with top-of-the-line gas appliances year after year. If you use propane on a regular basis, then you know how clean-burning, efficient, and easy to use it is, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be hazardous when used incorrectly. In fact, there are many reported cases of deaths, injuries, and home damage that are link directly to improper use of propane.
Review some of our guidelines for handling propane to ensure your home and family stay safer, no matter what. Any questions? Give us a call! We’re always happy to help.
1. Follow Instructions
There should always be specific instructions accompanying your propane purchase, so be sure to read through these thoroughly to ensure the best possible results. Approach set-up and use with care and caution, and take your time to make certain you have a strong sense of how the equipment is mean to be operated.
2. Check For Leaks
Before using a propane tank, check for leaks, or have a professional examine the hose to ensure all is working fine. When using the tank, stay alert to any unusual smells and, if you fear a leak has occurred, turn off everything immediately and avoid using any type of flames near the area. It’s also smart to open windows and let the area clear out. If the smell is persistent or gets stronger, call the proper authorities to come out and assess the situation.
Along with this, it’s never a good idea to try and repair a damaged hose. Simply buy a new one, check it for leaks, then move forward with your new part. This minimizes the risk of fire or of exposing yourself or loved ones to dangerous fumes. All in all, we feel it’s well worth it to play it safe and purchase a new hose, rather than patch up one with holes.
3. Store Safely
It’s important that propane tanks are never stored indoors (this includes garages and basements). You’ll also want to ensure it’s in a stable and upright position at all times, and that it’s away from areas that may get a lot of heat or sunlight. Rather, place it in an area that is open, well-ventilated, and away from anything that could be potentially flammable.
4. Turn It Off!
Finally, when you are done putting your tank to use, remember to turn it off! This is an easy step that slips the mind of many homeowners, and you could wind up facing a big disaster if you neglect it. Always double check to ensure everything is turned off and stored correctly before leaving the home or turning in for the evening. It’s well worth the peace of mind.
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