Top Propane Safety Tips for Central CA Residents

Homeowners here in California’s Central Valley know that propane is one of the most efficient, versatile energy options available today. Propane’s longstanding history of efficiency, affordability, and safety is why millions of homes, farms, and businesses across the country choose propane for heating, water heating, motor fuel, and other uses. As a valued customer of Red Triangle Oil Company, it’s critical that you, your family, and/or your employees know how to properly use propane. We highly encourage you to read this blog post to learn about our top industry-approved propane safety tips.

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Preventative Propane Safety Tips for Your CA Home or Business

Understand Your Tank

It is very important to familiarize yourself with the general functions of your propane tank. Know how to read your tank gauge and turn off your gas supply. Regularly monitoring your propane tank levels will help avoid the risk of running out of fuel, which can cause costly damage and serious safety hazards.

Educate Your Family & Employees

Make sure all members of your household or all employees at your business understand propane safety precautions. This includes proper measures for storage, like keeping flammable items clear from your heating system, and proper handling of propane cylinders, like your grill tank. Never store propane cylinders inside any enclosed building. Establish an evacuation plan with clear instructions and a meeting point to keep everyone safe in the event of a leak.

Care of Your Appliances

Scheduling regular maintenance for your propane heating system and/or propane-power appliances with your local HVAC provider promotes safe, unobstructed operation and improves fuel efficiency. Keep an eye on the flame in your gas-range stove. If it burns yellow instead of blue, that can indicate an issue with your burner inlet.

What To Do If You Smell Gas

When it comes to gas appliances, safety is a top priority. If you smell gas in your home, follow these steps:

  1. NO FLAMES OR SPARKS. Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones. Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger an explosion or a fire.
  2. LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY. Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.
  3. SHUT OFF THE GAS. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise).
  4. REPORT THE LEAK. From a neighbor’s home or other nearby building away from the gas leak, call Red Triangle right away. If you can’t reach us, call 911 or your local fire department.
  5. DO NOT RETURN TO THE BUILDING OR AREA until a qualified Red Triangle service technician or emergency responder determines that it is safe to do so.
  6. GET YOUR SYSTEM CHECKED. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances, Red Triangle must check your entire system to ensure that it is leak-free.

Need a Propane Delivery? Red Triangle Has Your Back!

At Red Triangle, we always put the safety and satisfaction of our residential and commercial propane delivery customers first. If you’re in need of a propane delivery in Central CA, all you need to do is contact us online or by phone at (559) 485-4320. We also proudly provide a variety of engine products, station branding, and Dust-Off for our commercial and agricultural customers. Become a customer today and experience the Red Triangle difference!