Pirate Propane is committed to propane safety for our customers, employees, and communities. Please see the safety information below. Please feel free to call our office with any questions at 307-335-7333.
What is propane?
Propane, also known as liquefied petroleum gas, is a clean-burning, non-toxic, colorless, and basically odorless gas that is compressed and stored as a liquid. Ethyl Mercaptan is a strong odorant that is added to propane so that it can easily be detected. Propane was approved a clean alternative fuel under the Clean Air act of 1990. It is used in residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural industries.
Propane Safety PDF
Here you will find all general propane safety information. Including how to handle a situation if you smell gas, run out of gas, or suspect carbon monoxide. You will also find what to do if you are leaving your house for an extended amount of time, small cylinder safety, appliance maintenance, and how to relight your pilot light.
Propane Safety for you Family Brochure
Here you will find a shortened version of the above information on what do if you smell gas, run out of gas, carbon monoxide, and appliance maintenance.
Aboveground Tank Ownership Responsibilities & Information Brochure
Underground Tank Ownership Responsibilities & Information Brochure
How to Read Your Tank Gauge Video
How to Turn off Your Propane Main Supply Valve Video
Call 811 Before You Dig
Call 811 two days in advance before you dig to help locate underground lines. It is a free service.
IF YOU SMELL GAS
- NO FLAMES OR SPARKS! Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cell phones. Flams or sparks from these sources can trigger explosion or a fire.
- LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY! Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.
- 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).
- REPORT THE LEAK. From a neighbor’s home or other nearby building away from the gas leak, call your propane retailer right away. If you can’t reach your propane retailer, call 911 or your local fire department.
- DO NOT RETURN TO THE BUILDING OR AREA until your propane retailer determines that it is safe to do so.
- GET YOUR SYSTEM CHECKED. Before your attempt to use any of your propane appliances, your propane retailer or a qualified service technician must check your entire system to ensure that it is leak-free.
RUNNING OUT OF GAS
DON’T RUN OUT OF GAS. SERIOUS SAFETY HAZARDS, INCLUDING FIRE OR EXPLOSION CAN RESULT.
- If an appliance valve or a gas line is left open when the propane supply runs out, a leak could occur when the system is recharged with propane.
- Air and moisture could get into an empty or depleted storage tank, which can cause rust build-up inside the tank. Rust can decrease the concentration of the odor of propane, making it harder to smell.
- If your propane tank runs out of gas, any pilot lights on your appliances will go out. This can be extremely dangerous if not handled properly.
- A LEAK CHECK IS REQUIRED. In many stats, a propane retailer or qualified service technician must perform a leak check of your propane system before turning on the gas. Homeowner will have to be home.
- Set up regular delivery. Establish a regular delivery schedule with your propane retailer. Also, periodically check the fuel gauge on your propane tank. If the fuel level drops below 20%, call your propane retailer and set a delivery.
Propane Tank Safety
Combustible materials, such as wood piles, building materials, other fuels, and oils, etc. should not be stored withing 10 feet of the tank. Structures and sources of ignition shall be distanced from the tank as required by the LP gas code.