Propane Safety

Prism Propane goes to great lengths to ensure our employees demonstrate the highest respect for the dangers propane can create in the workplace. In the shop, driving the trucks, and at your tank, safety is the undisputed top priority every minute of every work day.

Our commitment to safe propane operations does not end upon delivery, however, and we want to make sure you fully understand how to be safe user of propane. Below is some of the information that will help you get the most out of your propane usage in a safe way.

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Tips For Safe Use of Propane


Trust Your Nose

A leaking propane tank can be hard to detect in that it is vaporized immediately and dissipates into the air, leaving behind no mess or puddle. Still, a leak can be dangerous and that is why it is important to know the easiest way to detect the presence of propane.

Propane smells of rotten eggs that is every bit as strong as it is pungent. If you think you smell a propane leak, or have detected a leak some other way, then be sure to contact Prism Propane immediately.

Never use an open flame in an attempt to detect or locate a propane leak.


In Case of a Leak

If your nose leads you to a leak then do not underestimate the situation. Immediately extinguish all open flames and leave the area of the fumes. Do not touch any electrical switches or appliances in the process of evacuation.

Propane is heavier than air, so it tends to “sink” into lower areas when a leak is present. One should avoid areas like basements or cellars if they suspect a leak.

If you can safely reach your system’s main storage vessel, then open the hood of the tank and close the vapor service valve. At this point, do not re-enter the area with the fumes, and call Prism Propane to request an assessment from a qualified technician or contact your local fire department.


Electronic Leak Detector

Not everybody can trust their noses, especially during the winter months when those nasty colds are making the rounds. Also, children may not recognize or have the ability to identify the smell of propane like many adults can.

If you want an added layer of protection to your home, business, or farm, then perhaps an Electronic Leak Detector is a viable option.

If you need help finding a retailer for such equipment then please give our office a call and we’ll give you a hand.


Let the Professionals Handle It

Any modifications or alterations to your propane system are serious business. We ask our customers to keep this in mind and to rely on authorized personnel only for such projects.

Please keep us informed on your plans. We have a full range of services and resources ready to help you with your next project.

Never tamper with your supply lines, safety devices, regulators, or fittings.


Know Where Everything Is

Something as simple as a landscaping project can pose a serious risk to people and structures. Be sure you are aware of where your propane system resides, including all pipes and lines that may be installed underground.


Do Not Puncture Your Tank

Propane has the lowest flammability rating of all the alternative fuels and the tanks are constructed 20 times stronger than ethanol, methanol, or gasoline tanks. Still, one must take care when carrying out operations near a propane tank.

Please be sure to properly mark and barricade your propane tank if a project could potentially result in a damaged tank. If your tank does somehow incur damage, please be sure to contact Prism Propane immediately.


Overfilled Tanks Are Dangerous

Propane tanks are equipped with a cutoff mechanism that does not allow it to be filled more than 80%. The reason for this is to allow for the gas to expand with changing weather conditions, so not to end up with an overfilled tank with the potential for a leak.

If you ever see that your tank is filled beyond 80% please do not hesitate to contact Prism Propane for an assessment of the situation.


Floods Or A Leaking Roof

Water can cause damage to your propane appliances. This can result in a dangerous situation. If a structure has sustained damage from a flood, leaking roof, or other exposures to abnormal moisture then please be sure to contact a qualified technician to make sure no risks exist.


Contact Prism Propane For Any Concerns

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The list above certainly does not cover all potentially dangerous situations that a propane user in northwest Ohio might be exposed to. If you ever have any questions or concerns regarding your safety then please never hesitate to contact us for helpful guidance and information.

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