Practice Propane Safety This Season: 4 Ways
Posted: August 24, 2020
This time of year is ideal for making the most of your propane appliances. And these days, we’re all spending more time than ever at home. With that in mind, here are four ways to make sure you keep your family, (socially distanced) friends and yourself safe while you make the most of your outdoor space.
Propane Equipment Safety Tips
- Get to know the manufacturers’ instructions that come with your equipment
It’s important to follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions as well as any installation codes that come with your propane equipment. And while you need to take this information seriously—and understand it—it’s still important to have trained technicians install your propane equipment. This is the safest approach for getting started.
- Take care of your propane equipment
Proper maintenance of your propane equipment is a must-do—it has to happen in order to keep everything in top working order. Every year, make sure you have your propane equipment inspected and tuned up by a professional technician.
- Keep propane appliances properly—and safely—spaced out
You may love the idea of having your propane grill within reach as soon as you walk out the back door. It makes so many of the steps of cooking outside easier—from transporting food to cleaning up at the end of the evening. Unfortunately, this is not a safe practice. In fact, it’s a dangerous approach and should be avoided. The reality is that having a few extra feet between your door and your propane grill is the way to go.
In fact, about six feet of distance should be maintained between windows or doors and any propane appliances. Beyond propane grills, this includes propane firepits and fireplaces, as well as propane patio heaters. In addition, this equipment also needs to be set up at least 10 feet away from any air intake device, in order to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide from making it into your home.
Propane appliances also need to be spaced apart from anything in your yard or outside your home that is combustible. This includes deck railings, outdoor furniture, siding and other yard items. Branches and other possible debris after a storm are also important to clear away right away.
This distance guideline applies to children and pets as well! Be sure that kids and animals are always a safe distance from the propane-fueled items in and around your outdoor space.
- Keep propane cylinders stored correctly
During grilling season, you may have an extra propane cylinder. It’s important to keep extra cylinders outside and upright. Following this propane cylinder rule of thumb will keep everyone safe and have you ready to go for your next outdoor, at-home experience.
Remember, DO NOT keep cylinders inside—ever. This means your shed, garage, carport or sunporch.
Safety is our top priority at Pioneer Oil & Propane. Would you like to learn more about propane equipment installation and maintenance in the Worcester County area? Contact us today.