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Propane & Safety

Know the rules of safety when it comes to propane

Propane Safety

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR PROPANE USERS. PROPANE IS A COLORLESS, FLAMMABLE GAS THAT PROVIDES MANY SUPERIOR BENEFITS OVER OTHER ENERGY FUELS. TO HELP ENSURE THE SAFETY OF ALL PROPANE USERS, YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • A distinct odorant has been added to help detect a gas leak, which can cause accidents such as fire and explosion. Make sure you and your family, employees, etc. are familiar with this odor. If anyone on your premises cannot smell the odor of propane, call us immediately.
  • Propane is heavier than air and will collect at floor level. Carefully smell at floor level and in low spots to check for propane. Should anyone ever smell this odor, quickly open doors and windows, vacate the building and turn off the service valve at the tank. Call your gas supplier immediately from an off premises telephone. Remain outside until the leak has been repaired.
  • Some people may not be able to smell the odorant in propane for various reasons, including medical limitations, odor fade, or masking by the presence of other strong odors. We suggest you install a propane gas detector in your home, or building if you suspect any of these conditions exist.
  • Properly handled, propane is a safe, economical energy source. Do not permit anyone to service your propane appliances or controls or make a delivery to your home or business that has not been properly trained.
  • Ensure that you don’t run out of gas. If a gas valve has been left open, a line disconnected or any appliance moved, a leak can occur when the system is pressurized. Inform our trained personnel to relight all pilots in the event of an out of gas situation. There may be a service charge applied if the gas outage was a result of a failure to Call-In for a delivery, or if deliveries were stopped because of a delinquent account balance, or if access to the equipment was blocked.
  • Every gas system should have a periodic check-up at least every other year for both safety and efficiency of operation. Contact us and schedule a safety gas check, which includes a carbon monoxide check of your propane system by a certified, trained technician.
  • Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless and if exposed to certain quantities, it can be harmful to your health or even fatal. Carbon monoxide and propane gas detectors are available from several suppliers and home centers and may provide an additional means of warning in identifying the presence of either of these gases.

 

Energy Saving Tips

Reuse, Recycle, Refill with Propane 

While the factors that contribute to higher fuel prices cannot be controlled by propane retailers or customers, there are some simple steps customers can take to lower their energy bill year-round. The industry encourages homeowners to save on energy cost by following some simple steps. Steps that you can take to lower your energy bill.
 
  • Explore fuel payment plan options to spread your projected annual cost over 10 months, to help balance the cost of seasonable bills. Budget Payment or Pre-buy plans can help you with over all cost.
  • Have Delaware Propane set your account up as a KEEP FULL customer.
  • Protect your home against drafts with caulking and various weather stripping.
  • Have our heating and air conditioning system regularly cleaned and serviced, A system operating up to manufacture setings will save you money.
  • Clean or change your furnace/air conditioning systems filters every 3 months.
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat, this will cut back on your energy cost and still keep your home comfortable.
  • Switch all your appliances over to propane, this could save you up to 1/3 on your energy bill.
  • Turn your thermostat on the water heater down to 120 degrees.
  • Install water saving shower heads to reduce the amount of hot water used.
  • Use the dishwasher ,clothes dryer, and washing machine only when full.