2. Propane Leak Detection and Propane Supply
In emergency situations or if you suspect a propane leak, be sure you know how to safely shut off your propane supply. To do this, locate the service shut-off valve under the dome or lid on top of your tank. Turn the valve clockwise as far as possible to turn off the supply. It's a simple yet vital step that can keep you safe during an emergency.
If you ever suspect a propane leak, characterized by a "rotten egg" smell due to the added odorant ethyl mercaptan, evacuate the area immediately and contact Customer Service at 1-87SUPERIOR (1-877-873-7467) for immediate assistance.
3. Equip Your Home for Propane Safety
Being prepared for emergencies is a crucial aspect of propane safety. This includes having fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors in key areas of your home. It's also advisable to have a well-practiced evacuation plan. Superior Propane's 24/7 emergency support ensures that professional help is just a phone call away, adding an extra layer of safety to your preparedness plans.
If you're a Superior Propane customer, you can also benefit from our SMART* Tank™ Monitoring via the mySUPERIORTM portal to check your propane tank levels, manage your account and propane deliveries, and more. Being prepared and having the right technology on your side ensures a safer, more secure propane experience.
Just as you take care to ensure you are safe and prepared for emergencies, it's equally important to be mindful of your propane tank's placement. For safety reasons, it's crucial to leave propane tanks where our professional installers have positioned them. Moving or improperly storing them can pose safety risks. By adhering to these guidelines, you're ensuring a safer and more enjoyable experience for all your outdoor propane activities.
4. Propane Appliance Safety and Manufacturer Guidelines in Canada
While Superior Propane experts focus on the safety and maintenance of your propane tanks, the responsibility for propane appliance safety is a shared endeavour. It's essential to follow the manufacturer's guidelines for proper installation and usage of propane-powered appliances like furnaces, heaters, stoves, and grills. If you require propane appliance installation or servicing, check our Certified Partner Network.
Proper ventilation is crucial when using these appliances. Adequate airflow ensures efficient operation and minimizes the risk of carbon monoxide buildup. Always make sure that vents and air inlet ducts are clear and in good condition. Regular maintenance, as per manufacturer guidelines, is key to preventing malfunctions and potential hazards. If you ever suspect an issue, consult with licensed contractors for a thorough inspection.
5. Outdoor Propane Safety: Grills, Heaters, and More
Before using your propane grill, inspect the tubes for blockages as critters can build nests that cause obstructions. Check the fittings, flex hose, and burners for wear or rust, replacing them as needed. Always grill in a well-ventilated area and never leave the grill unattended.
For propane patio heaters, make sure they are placed on a stable surface away from flammable materials. Turn off the heater and disconnect the fuel source when not in use.
6. Propane Safety During Power Outages: Be Prepared, Stay Safe
Power outages can happen unexpectedly, and propane can be a reliable alternative energy source when used safely in such situations. Ensure you have battery-operated carbon monoxide detectors and never use outdoor propane appliances indoors, as this can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide buildup. Superior Propane's 24/7 emergency support is available to assist you, ensuring that you can safely navigate any power outage with propane as your backup energy source.
7. Renovate Safely: Protect Your Propane System During Home Improvements
If you're planning home renovations, landscaping, or installing fence posts, it's essential to safeguard your propane system. Contact Superior Propane at 1-87SUPERIOR (1-877-873-7467) before you start digging. We offer tailored advice and support based on your unique propane setup, ensuring that underground tubing or piping remains intact.
A rusty or unpainted tank can be a sign of wear and tear, which could compromise its integrity. If your tank shows these signs, contact Superior Propane for guidance on proper maintenance. Do not attempt to repaint the tank yourself, as this could violate safety guidelines.
Propane is a versatile and reliable energy source that when handled correctly is safe, efficient, reliable, and versatile for a variety of applications. From keeping your tank in top condition to knowing how to safely grill, these tips help you make the most out of your propane usage while prioritizing safety.