Fuel oil and propane make our lives easier as well as comfortable; they provide a source of heat and hot water. Both of these fuels are safe for use in your home or business and around your family and friends, when used properly. However we would like to share some important safety information about fuel oil and propane.
Fuel Oil Safety Information
You and each person in your home or business must know the smell of fuel oil. Ask your service technician or delivery driver to demonstrate its odor. If anyone in your home or business cannot smell fuel oil, call Power Fuels Propane immediately. Fuel oil is a liquid and will drip, puddle and flow, check around your fuel tank for signs of a leak.
Fuel oil burns at very high temperatures and is flammable only when atomized, however do not smoke or create a spark near the fuel oil, furnace, boiler, hot water heater or any other oil fired appliance.
Fuel oil is a liquid and harmful if ingested. Please dial 911 and your poison control center immediately if you or someone at your home or business has ingested fuel oil.
What to do if you smell fuel oil or suspect a leak:
- Put out all smoking materials, open flames or sources of spark.
- Shut off your furnace or boiler, using the red oil burner shut-off switch at the top of the stairs or on your unit.
- Call Power Fuels Propane immediately.
- Keep the furnace or boiler off until the leak has been found and fixed.
- Only have a qualified service technician work on your oil system.
Propane Safety Information
For your safety, propane has an odor added so you can detect leaks!
You and each person in your home or business must know the smell of propane. Ask your service technician or delivery driver to demonstrate its odor. If anyone in your home or business cannot smell propane, Call Power Fuels Propane immediately. Propane is heavier than air and will collect at floor and ground level. Carefully smell at floor level in low spots to check for propane.
What to do if you smell gas or suspect a leak:
- Put out all smoking materials and any other open flames.
- Do not operate any appliances, switches or thermostats.
- Get everyone outside and away from gas equipment.
- Shut off the gas supply, using the shut-off valve at the tank or cylinder.
- Call Power Fuels Propane immediately - use your neighbor’s phone - if gas smell is in the home or business.
- Stay outside and leave the gas off until the leak has been found and fixed.
- Only have a qualified service technician work on your propane system.
Relighting your Pilots
We strongly recommend that for safety reasons, you call Power Fuels Propane and have us dispatch a service technician to relight your pilots. However, if you relight the pilots yourself:
- Turn all appliance controls and manual shut-off valves to the “OFF” position.
- Slowly open the tank shut-off valve.
- Carefully smell for the presence of propane at floor level and low spots before attempting to relight pilots.
- If gas is detected - STOP - See “What To Do If You Smell Gas” above.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for pilot lighting.
Your Propane System and Appliances Have Built-In Safety Features!
- Don’t allow unqualified personnel to service your propane system or appliance.
- Don’t tamper with gas controls or appliances.
- Don’t let your system run out of propane.
- Have wet or flooded appliances or controls serviced immediately.
- Understand that propane odor can lade or be covered up by other strong odors.
- Do not light pilots in areas where there are strong odors - completely ventilate the area first.
- Call Power Fuels Propane to have a qualified service technician dispatched to relight pilots or carefully follow the equipment manufactures instructions.
- Repeated pilot outages could indicate a hazardous condition - Don’t attempt to relight the pilot - call Power Fuels Propane.