Homeowners: Stay Alert for Safety This Winter
As you look for ways to keep your family warm and comfortable this winter, it's important to keep safety at the top of your list. These tips from PERC can help keep you and your family safe during cold weather.
- Never use a gas oven or range to heat your home.
- Never use portable gas-powered heaters indoors unless they're designed and approved for indoor use.
- Never use an outdoor barbecue grill indoors for cooking or heating, and never use a generator in a garage or other enclosed area.
- Keep chimneys, flues and appliance air intake and exhaust vents free of snow, ice and other debris.
- Consider installing a UL-listed carbon monoxide detector on every level of your home.
If you smell gas:
1. Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones or cellphones. Flames or sparks from these sources can trigger an explosion or fire.
2. Get everyone out of the building or area where you suspect gas is leaking.
3. 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. From a neighbor's home or other nearby building away from the gas leak, call your propane retailer. If you can't reach your propane retailer, call 911 or your local fire department.
5. Do not return to the building or area until your propane retailer or emergency personnel determine it is safe to do so.
6. Before you attempt to resume use of your propane appliances, have your propane retailer or a qualified service technician check your system to ensure it is leak-free.