When it comes to heating your home, propane is a wonderful, natural gas option. Using natural gas is cheaper and more energy efficient than just heating your own via electricity. Of course, there are some risks with using gas, especially if it not used correctly. The good news is that there are many things you can do to use gas, including and especially gas propane, safely. Knowing a few basic safety tips will ensure a good experience with propane heating.
No Tampering Allowed!
First things first, make sure you never tamper with or modify your propane system in any way, even small ones. Gas is a very volatile material, and the devices which utilize it have been very carefully designed to protect your safety.
If your gas stops working or experiences other problems, it's very tempting to take a look at the system yourself and to make a few troubleshooting-type changes. Resist this urge! Unless you are a professional, you don't understand completely how the system works, and you could do something that might compromise the system and make it unsafe.
Always call on a professional to assist with any gas-related issues. For non-professionals, a "hands-off" attitude should be adopted.
No Smoking or Open Flames
You'll want to take care anytime you are near propane or the propane heating device. It's best not to smoke or allow open flames, such as candles or lighters, to be used around the unit or any propane storage.
This is especially important in the rare event that you smell gas. If this happens, avoid any flames or sparks. Avoid operating any electrical device, and call your gas provider immediately. Gas leaks are rare with propane, but they can occur, and open flame or electrical surges can lead to fires and explosions if care is not taken.
No Improper Heat Sources
One of the major causes of propane accidents and issues is improper use of propane devices. And, one of the most common types of improper use is attempting to use a burner or other non-approved device as a heat source. Use propane devices only for their intended purposes!
Ranges are designed for cooking food, not for heating rooms or being left on for long periods of time. Disobeying this rule could lead to a gas leak and other problems.
As you can see, most "propane problems" are easily preventable; you just have to use your propane correctly and intelligently.