Propane Safety

Winter Weather Propane Safety Tips

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At DeClerk LP Gas, your safety is our priority. Listed below are winter weather safety tips. If you ever have any questions, please call us!  870-892-5273

Always Maintain an Adequate Supply of Propane in Your Tank

A severe winter storm can hinder additional propane delivers. Call us before the storm hits.

Stay In Regular Contact With Us

When you stay in regular contact with DeClerk LP Gas, we will be able to arrange a refill long before you run out of propane.

Contact Us IMMEDIATELY if You Run Out of Propane

One of our qualified service technicians MUST check your system for leaks before turning gas back on.

Use Energy Wisely

Use energy conservatively by setting your programmable thermostat to as low as comfortable. Close off any rooms that don’t need to be heated.

Keep the Path to Your Propane Tank Clear

A clear path helps our drivers deliver your gas safely. Clear snow and ice from around your tank, regulators vents, piping, tubing and valves. Use a broom instead of a shovel to prevent damage to your propane system components.

Allow Your Appliances to Vent Properly

If it is safe to do so, clear snow and ice away from outdoor vents, chimneys, and lues to prevent blocking of ventilation.

If You Smell Gas, Follow These Steps

Immediately put out all smoking materials and other open flames. Do not operate lights, appliances, telephones, or cellphones. Get everyone away from the home or area where you suspect gas is leaking. If safe to do so, close or shut off the main gas supply valve by turning it to the right (clockwise). Call us immediately from your safe place to report the leak. If we cannot be reached, call 911. Do not return to the area until an emergency responder or a qualified technician from DeClerk LP Gas gives the OK.

Never Use a Stove or Bring Your Gas Grill Indoors for Space Heating, Even During a Power Outage

Only use appliances indoors that are designed and approved for that purpose. Never store, place, or use a propane cylinder indoors or in enclosed areas. Never use outdoor propane-powered appliances indoors or in enclosed areas. Without proper ventilation, deadly carbon monoxide (CO) fumes produced can build up.

Operate Portable Generators With Caution

Never use a portable generator (gasoline, diesel, or propane) indoors or in enclosed areas. Doing so can result in carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning or death. 

Propane Safety

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Propane is a very safe fuel. But as with any energy source, there are steps you should take to further ensure your safety:

  • If you detect a gas leak, immediately evacuate everyone from the house and call your local propane provider or the fire department from a neighbor’s telephone.
  • Learn what propane smells like. Propane retailers have scratch-and-sniff pamphlets to help your family recognize its distinctive odor.
  • Know where gas lines are located, so you won’t damage them when digging or working in the yard.
  • Change or clean furnace filters regularly as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Don’t store cleaning fluids, oil-soaked rags, gasoline, or other flammable liquids near a gas-burning appliance where vapors could be ignited by the pilot light. Propane is a very safe fuel. Propane’s unique molecular properties make it much safer and cleaner than related petroleum-based energy sources. As with any energy source, there are steps you should take to further ensure your safety.

Propane Safety FAQs

Regardless of the type of energy you use, safety is extremely important. With propane—as with electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, gasoline, or any other energy form—you need to understand how your delivery system and appliances work, and what to do in case of a leak or other safety related emergency.

For more information on propane safety, visit the Propane Education & Research Council’s interactive FAQ modules available in English and Espanol.